Record donations boost Swaffham church’s window appeal

Two record donations will allow the church that dominates the Swaffham skyline to repair an extra two windows.

The two-year fundraising drive by St Peter and St Paul, launched in November 2010, received a significant boost when it recently received one gift of �10,000 and another of �5,000, taking the total raised so far to more than �50,000.

However, a recent five-yearly review of the state of the building discovered the need for further major works.

The east window was highlighted as needing repair, restoration and cleaning that could cost more than �100,000, while the Victorian vestry on the north-east corner is suffering subsidence and the guttering and down piping needs to be replaced.

Appeal committee member Melvyn Gay said: 'This wonderful church needs a considerable amount of care and attention if it is to stand for another 500 years in its commanding position of prominence close to the market place of Swaffham, serving the townspeople and this Christian community by providing a place for worship, quiet prayer and praise to the glory of God.'

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An evening with former cabinet minister Baroness Shephard and former ITN political editor Michael Brunson will raise funds on September 28, while a gala dinner with an auction of promises will take place on November 10, with proceeds split with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

For further information contact Shirley Matthews on 01760 723205 or Melvyn Gay on 01760 723245.

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