New £1.3m home for Norfolk church unveiled
2011 : A North Norfolk
church has unveiled its new £1.3m headquarters, after an 11-month rebuilding programme.
The new Salvation Army Citadel
on Cremer Street
has a 260-seater hall including large flat screen televisions, a hi-tech sound system, extra meeting rooms, improved kitchen, disabled toilets, lifts and a shower.
Corps Sgt Major Veronica Williamson said: “These new up to date facilities will make a world of difference and give us a whole new outlook, while also doing our traditional things,” she added.
Parts of the old hall have been carried into the new one including the main cross and a stained glass window. The building has been paid for by a combination of a £200,000 grant from the Bradbury Trust, legacies, pledges from members and local fund-raising over the past seven years.
Major Alan Read who arrived to run the local corps a month ago with wife Carolyn, said: “This provides a lovely opportunity to look at the way we do things, and do more work in the community.”
The new hall was used for the first time last weekend, and will host the main carol service on December 19 at 6pm. The official opening will be done by the Salvation Army’s top national officer Territorial Commander John Matear on February 12.
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Pictured are Major Alan Read and Corps Sgt Major Veronica Williamson in the new Salvation Army Hall at Sheringham.
Picture courtesy of EDP