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Tributes, tradition and foodbank in Norfolk

Local news from the Norfolk Christian community include tributes to a pioneering man of Gid, a posada tradition and boost for Norwich Foodbank.

RoySnellingTributes have been paid to Roy Snelling (pictured right), a Norfolk pioneer of the audio-visual industry and man of God, who has died at the age of 88.
The businessman’s career began more than 58 years ago when he founded Snellings in Blofield Heath when he purchased a redundant Victorian laundry at Blofield Heath for £400, which is still the home of the Snelling Group today.
In 1999, he launched the R C Snelling Charitable Trust, a registered charity which was set up to help and support those most in need in the local community and to administer the group in the future.

Rowland Cogman, managing director of Snellings, said: “Roy was a true gentleman and a man of God. His faith shone through all areas of his life and he shared in the happiness of others as well as their sorrows.
“He was a quiet, unassuming and truly selfless individual, who always made time for others, frequently putting their needs before his own. He helped a great many people and organisations, both personally and through his trusts. It has been an honour to work alongside him and he will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him.”
Read more of this story on EveningNews24 and Snellings website. Picture courtesy of Evening News

Figures depicting Jesus’ parents Mary and Joseph have visited schools and shops in Wymondham recently as part of a tradition known as Posada, which originated in Mexico and has been taken up by the town’s Methodist Church.
The Rev Jacqui Horton, minister of Wymondham Methodist Church, said the idea was to try and encourage people to think about the true religious meaning of Christmas which she felt had become lost in recent times due to increasing non-religious imagery around the festive season.
The 3ft 6inch high Mary and 4ft tall Joseph, made from the corrugated plastic correx, began touring the town at the start of Advent period and had visited nine local schools, before making visits to local shops.
Rev Horton said: “It is fun. It is a way for the church to engage with the community. It is a way for biblical characters representing the real meaning of Christmas to be in the community.”
Read more of this story on EveningNews24

The East of England Co-Operative Society has continued its support of Norwich Foodbank with £1,000 worth of food. Spokesman Amanda Long said: “The local foodbanks across the region are a lifeline to families in need, especially in the current economic conditions As more families struggle in the lead-up to Christmas we are encouraging our members and customers to add a few extra items to their trolley to donate to the foodbanks.”

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