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Norfolk churches awarded Jubilee funding

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Norfolk County Council has announced the recipients of the first round of its ‘Norfolk Year of Celebrations 2012’ funding and seven churches around the county will take a share of the £15,675 awarded to 90 organisations for events to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the weekend of Saturday 2nd - Tuesday 5th June.

St Edmunds Church in Taverham has received funding to holding a “Messy Jubilee” event with crafts and songs for children and their parents.  It will be followed by a Jubilee Fun Run around the church premises with refreshments and entertainment by two local singing groups. 
 
The Mid Norfolk church are also organising a helium filled balloon competition for the furthest travelled balloon and will plan a tree while dedicating a small garden in the churchyard to mark the celebration.
 
St Peter Church, Lingwood in South Norfolk have been awarded funding to holding a four day Flower Festival. The theme will be '60 years of the Queen’s reign' with flower arrangements based on notable events from those decades.   The festival will include a ‘Big Picnic’ for the community on Sunday 3rd June at 1pm, followed at 2pm by a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen.

Welborne All Saints Church, close to Mattishall in Mid Norfolk are hosting a Hog Roast Lunch for the entire village to help foster community spirit.

All Saints Little Melton Church, on the outskirts of Norwich are organising a Garden Party with free tea and souvenirs for children, together with stalls, tombola, camp building, and games.

Filby & Mautby Church in West Norfolk will host a Diamond Jubilee Dance Party which will include music from the last 60 years, a fancy dress competition for children and a display of Royal memorabilia.
And in Gorleston, the Seventh Day Adventist Church are organising a Street Party and St Andrews Church will host a Fun Afternoon with a bouncy castle, family party, games and crafts and live music.

£14,325 remains for the second round of the County Council fund, from which churches along with other community groups and parish councils are invited to bid for a maximum of £500 (with most awards being in the £100 - £300 range) to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Weekend. 
 
The funding is also available to celebrate other cultural events including:
- The Olympic Torch being run through Norfolk as part of the London 2012 Torch Relay (Wednesday 4th July and Thursday 5th July).
- The Paralympic Torch Festival (Tuesday 28th August and Wednesday 29th August).
- The final weekend of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad (Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September).
- The return of the Tour of Britain cycle race (Sunday September 9).

Ian Mackie, Deputy Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “This is going to be a year to remember for the whole country, and Norfolk County Council wants to be able to help friends, family, neighbours and communities in Norfolk to come together to create a fantastic atmosphere in which to enjoy each other's company and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
 
“Round two of the Fund is now open and I would encourage communities who have not yet applied for funding to do so before April 27.”
 
An application form and more information can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/events2012

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