Hundreds back Blofield church appeal

Hundreds of people took part in a church fun day aimed at showcasing future projects in Blofield.

Dozens of adults and youngsters joined parishioners of the church of St Andrew and St Peter to experience music, crafts and social groups, which will become a regular feature once a �400,000 community space is finished in the village.

Keith Simpson MP visited the all-day event on Saturday where there was a performance by the Hemblington Harmony singing group and bell ringing demonstrations.

Villagers have already raised more than �20,000 for the scheme, since they started collecting money three weeks ago.

The funds will be used to create a two-storey community space at the back of the church and upgrade a 100-year-old heating system.

The Rev Paul Cubitt said: 'The event went very well. We had a steady stream of people passing through creating a happy bubble of noise.

'We had representatives from The Matthew Project, Broadland District Council, Age UK, and SureStart, and we hope these groups can use the room for out reach work in the future. '

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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.

Mr Simpson, Conservative MP for Broadland, said: 'I think it is marvellous the way Norfolk churches are opening up.

'Already people in Blofield are seeing that more people want to come and worship because of the community work in the church.'

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