Cook book raises funds for Newton Flotman church

It is a cook book packed full of delicious ideas for starters, main courses, puddings and cakes - and people living in Newton Flotman are hoping their latest church fundraiser will be a recipe for success.

Members of the village have donated their favourite family recipes for the book which they hope will raise much needed funds and help pay for work to the tower of the Church of St Mary the Virgin.

More than �110,000 is needed to repair the 14th century tower which has been damaged by time and severe winter frosts, and the coat of arms of the Blunderville family who built the church also needs to be repaired.

The book is called The Coffee Stop Cookery Book and is named after the Saturday morning Coffee Stop at the church room where people can stop by and enjoy a drink and home made cake.

Vicky Ball, a 61-year-old management consultant, came up with the idea for the book and along with Amy Ferguson, a 74-year-old retired teacher who runs the Coffee Stop, she collected recipes from villagers.

The finished book includes more than 50 recipes from villagers including everything from pumpkin and carrot soup to haggis with a difference and whisky bread and butter pudding.

People living in the village have also helped with other aspects of the book - including Jill Helmont who took the photograph of the village that appears on the front cover, and Jeremy Parke, the chef at Relish Restaurant and Bar in Newton Flotman, who wrote the foreword.

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Mrs Ball said: 'It has been really nice to work on the book and have everybody contributing. That is what being part of a community is all about. Everybody has had a part to play, including the people who buy the book.'

She added: 'The church is not just for the people who go on a Sunday, it is for everybody. It is important for our village and we need to do everything we can to look after it.'

Mrs Ball and Mrs Ferguson would also like to create a fundraising book about household hints and home remedies in the future.

About 50 copies of The Coffee Stop Cookery Book have already been sold. The book costs �2 and can be bought from The Coffee Stop which is at the church room at the Church of St Mary the Virgin every Saturday from 10am until midday. It will also soon be available at Relish Restaurant and Bar in Newton Flotman.

People can also buy the book by calling Mrs Ball on 01508 471506.

t Are you involved in raising funds for a church project? Contact reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email