Outgoing mayor’s grand gesture for North Walsham church

North Walsham's 2015-2016 mayor, Brenda West, hands over a cheque for £1,006 to Rev Paul Cubitt, Vic

North Walsham's 2015-2016 mayor, Brenda West, hands over a cheque for £1,006 to Rev Paul Cubitt, Vicar of North Walsham. From left: Colin Chambers, chairman of North Walsham and District Royal British Legion, Rev Paul Cubitt, town councill Elize Wheeler, outgoing mayor Brenda West, town councillor Jenny Melville and outgoing deputy mayor Barry Hester. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

A £76,000 appeal to repair North Walsham Parish Church's First World War memorial window has been boosted by the town's outgoing mayor.

Brenda West, who stood down as mayor on Tuesday, handed over a cheque for £1,006 to vicar Rev Paul Cubitt.

Mrs West had chosen the window appeal as her Mayor's Charity during her year of office.

The cash was raised at events including the December 2015 Christmas market, and culminated at last month's civic dinner at which a raffle raised £150.

Mrs West said: 'I chose to support this charity because St Nicholas Church's windows are in desperate need of refurbishment and as this is locally based, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity for us, as a town council, to show our support of this venture in order to maintain the historic fabric of our market town'.

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She particularly thanked those who had supported her fund-raising efforts, including Arts North Norfolk, the town's World War One committee, district councillor Virginia Gay, the VJ Day dance, fellow town councillors and businesses which donated items for the civic dinner raffle.

The east window, dedicated in 1919, remembers soldiers from the parish who were killed in the Great War.

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It is collapsing under its own weight and it is feared that strong winds could damage it further.

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