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A ‘Bible cake’ for Bruno’s big day in Norwich

A celebration cake in the unusual style of a well-worn Bible was the centre-piece of a packed reception that followed the ordination and induction of the Rev Bruno Boldrini at St Peter’s Jessopp Road Church (URC/Methodist) in Norwich, at the weekend (June 14). Mike Wiltshire reports.

Church and civic leaders were among many visitors and friends who enjoyed the special cake made by Sally Stockley from Hulver, near Beccles, who designed it to resemble Bruno’s well-used Bible.
 
BrunoBoldini540The son of a senior Italian banker, Bruno Boldrini in his younger years excelled in sports and athletics.  He served with the Italian military before coming to the UK 20 years ago when he worked as a senior accountant in Manchester.
 
But pressures in life at the age of 34 caused Bruno to seek God in earnest, and an early call to Christian ministry was awakened as he re-read the Bible – and he recalled the influence of his godly grandmother, Maria, who had read Bible stories to him as a child.
 
Eventually, Bruno made the very big step of giving up a well-paid job in the financial world to re-train for his Christian calling – much to the dismay of his father who hoped Bruno would give up the idea.
 
Bruno went on to study successfully at Westminster College, Cambridge, a centre of learning for the United Reformed Church, and in recent months his training has included work with the ecumenical Bowthorpe Church, Norwich, led by the resident URC minister, the Rev Mark Elvin.  Bruno’s wife, Victoria, is a pharmacist and the daughter of a GP.
 
In a challenging message at last weekend’s service of ordination, the Rev John Proctor, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, urged Bruno to “preach the word . . . share the message of the Cross which is a word for every age - seize the moment, for now is the day of salvation.”
 
The service was led by Rev Paul Whittle, Eastern Synod Moderator of the URC. Ministers from various churches, as well as civic leaders, welcomed Bruno to his new role as part of the ministry team of the seven URC churches in the Norwich area.  

St Peter's Jessopp Road Church officially became a Local Ecumenical Partnership on the same day, as an amalgamation of St Peter's Methodist and Jessopp Road URC.
 
Pictured above with Rev Bruno Boldrini and the Bible-style cake is the newly-elected Sheriff of Norwich, Mrs Beryl Blower, and Cllr John Ward, vice-chairman of Broadland Council, who were among civic leaders at the service.