Norwich church beats Manchester City, Honda and Channel Four to creative industry award

Manchester City could be set to be crowned champions of English football's Premier League this weekend, but they have not been able to beat a Norwich church to a national award.

St George's Church, in Colegate, has not only beaten off competition from the extremely wealthy football club to win the award but also the likes of global car manufacturers Honda and broadcaster Channel Four.

The church's guidebook - An A to Z of St George's - took home three trophies at the Roses Creative Awards, including the Chairman's Award for the chair of judges' favourite overall.

Its guidebook reveals the history and stone carvings of one of Norwich's oldest churches, in a stylish black book designed by The Click Design Consultants, who are based in nearby Muspole Street.

Late last year Bobby Burrage, creative director of The Click, approached St. George's with an idea to help raise funds for preserving the 600-year-old structure.

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Inspired by the stone carved letterforms for which the church is renowned, he suggested a typographic guide to the history of St George's and it's parish.

To ensure the book would be welcoming and informative for regular churchgoers and visiting members of the public, the church's regular congregation contributed stories and anecdotes to accompany each letter.

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Mr Burrage said: 'This was a truly special project right from the start. Upon explaining my thoughts to my fellow congregation, they were all extremely supportive and helpful in bringing the book to life.

'It was very much a team effort and not only involved contribution from today's congregation of St George's, but also paid tribute to those of the past.

'The fact that this project has already turned a profit and continues to raise money for the upkeep of such a special place is fantastic – more important than the awards it has won en route.'

Held at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly hotel, The Click also won the Use of Typography award and silver in the Publications award for the guidebook.

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