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Bid to make Norfolk church a community venue

FlordonCommunityChurch2010: A South Norfolk community is rallying round a fundraising campaign to transform a run-down village church into a thriving community centre.

The Flordon Community Group (pictured right) has spent the last five years working to collect more than £230,000 to rejuvenate St Michael's church due to fears it could fall into disuse. So far it has received £117,000 in donations and a further £55,000 has been pledged, but it continues to look for financial backing.

The vision is to turn the church, which is almost a century old, into a place which can be used by community groups and family functions, but will still remain a place of worship.

David Harrison, member of the Flordon Community Group, said: “You look at a lot of country churches and you see that they risk falling into disuse as congregation numbers fall. We didn't want that here. There's nowhere else people can meet in the village.

“By getting the dual use we're saving the church as a building, we're saving the church by continuing to hold services, but we're also providing a community use which can be used for children's parties, OAP meetings and much more.”

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