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News of Norfolk foodbank and celebrations

Latest news of interest to the Norfolk Christian community includes services celebrating the emergency services and the Diamond Jubilee and a boost for a Norfolk foodbank.

 
BrunoPeekJubileeNearly 400 people packed St Andrew’s Church in Gorleston on December 2 for a special service of celebration and thanksgiving for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee organised by Gorleston’s Bruno Peek, the pageant master who masterminded a 4,200-strong chain of beacons across the world, as a fitting end to jubilee year.
 
Mayors from across Norfolk attended and Bruno said he would have no time to rest on his laurels - after jetting off to Kenya on a charity mission he would be starting work on a new event in January, the details of which have yet to be announced, aiming to bring the 54 countries of the Commonwealth together.
 
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A packed Norwich cathedral celebrated the annual Norfolk emergency services carol service last night (December 3) with readings given by the three heads of the emergency services, Phil Gormley, Chief Constable Norfolk Constabulary, Nigel Williams, Chief Fire Officer, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, and Hayden Newton, Chief executive officer East of England Ambulance NHS Service Trust.

 
The prayers were led by The Very Rev Graham Smith, Dean of Norwich, and Rev Paul Whittle, moderator of the eastern synod of the United Reformed Church, gave the address and urged people to remember the true meaning of Christmas, and not get carried away with tinsel and mince pies.
 
A collection was taken in aid of the Liam Still Foundation, which was set up by the family of Liam Still, a 21-year-old from Sprowston, who died in a car crash at Bawburgh in May.

 
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Generous shoppers donated six months’ worth of supplies for the Mid Norfolk Foodbank on the first day of collection at Tesco in Dereham on December 1.
 
Customers dropped off tins of soup, UHT milk, pasta and bags of sugar, which will be given to the Foodbank to help people in the area who find themselves in a financial crisis and are worried about being able to buy food over the Christmas period.
 
Sally Smith, Better Service Manager at Tesco, said: “The attitude has been absolutely fantastic. We had one customer who was in that situation a couple of years ago and had a shallow trolley full of things to give us. He said it was his time to give back. It gets quite emotional sometimes. I just think it’s overwhelming how many people have given even one tin.”

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Pictured above, the Queen lights the National Beacon on The Mall accompanied by pageantmaster Bruno Peek. Picture courtesy of Diego’s Sideburns.
 



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