Blofield church launches �400,000 appeal

The people of Blofield could see more community space created in their local church as part of an ambitious �400,000 project.

Parishioners at the church of St Andrew and St Peter in the village near Norwich are hoping to build a two-storey community space at the back of the church and to upgrade a 100-year-old heating system.

The Rev Paul Cubitt said the church did not expect to complete the project immediately and that it would be done in stages as they raised the money.

He said they already had enough money for the first part of the project, to move the font into the heart of the church.

Rev Cubitt said that they hoped to bring more people into the church from the community.

Among activities and groups suggested for the new space are an area for after services tea and coffee, midweek functions, church council meetings, bell ringing and other music tuition, Sunday school, a bereavement group, an internet cafe and lunch club and use as a village advice centre and mother and toddler group.

He said they had also had interest from SureStart and the Matthew Project.

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'We want to do more with our music and make more space for the community,' he said.

He also said it was vital for the church to get a new heating system as the current one was 100 years old and oil fired.

'During the winter services this year the temperature did not climb above 8.3C (47F),' he said.

The new heating system will keep the church temperature at a minimum of 11C (52F) during the winter months and will be pushed up to 19C (66F) when the building is in use.

The Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, said: 'This is an imaginative project. It will make Blofield Parish Church a better and warmer space for its many activities.

'It also makes it more usable for the wider community for a whole range of different events.

'The whole village will benefit from the facilities created and the church building will continue its service of the people who live around it for many years to come. Please be generous in your support.'

The church is holding an open day on April 2 between 10.30am and 4pm.

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