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Public back Norwich community hub and church

Latest news about the Norwich and Norfolk Christian community includes public backing for a community hub in Norwich, a funding boost for bell-ringers and desecration by thieves at a Norfolk church.

 
Norfolk Christian businessman Graham Dacre has seen plans by his Lind Trust  for a community hub (visual pictured above), including a church auditorium, at Hellesdon in Norwich backed by local residents.
 
The plans, for a vacant five-acre site which was a former car sales facility between Cromer and Reepham Roads in Hellesdon, will see a transformation into a community hub with a new centre, a 300-seater church auditorium, motor museum, boxing gym and shops.
 
Residents in the area were consulted on the plans, and Mr Dacre said: “The trustees of the Lind Trust are delighted with the way the proposals have come together. Feedback from the consultations within the community has been most encouraging.
 
“The planning application is for a community resource with a church meeting room that can be more widely used as a community resource. Within the facility there will be space for all options. We hope it will become a community hub. Indeed, someone locally has suggested that it be called The Hub. We would be pleased to hear from local groups who may be looking for a new venue. Success will be as many people and groups as possible using the facilities," said Mr Dacre. 

The plans are currently with Broadland District Council.
 
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A new generation of bell-ringers will soon be able to join in with a centuries-old tradition at Saxlingham Nethergate, near Norwich, thanks to a funding boost of £100,000 to restore the bells of the church of St Mary the Virgin.
 
A £100,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant coupled with about £70,000 donated and raised by the local community, means a restoration project on the bells and the tower of the Grade II-listed church can begin – and a community project about the bells, church and village will run alongside this.
 
Churchwarden and fabric officer Geoff Blyth said they were very grateful for the money raised and that they were now waiting for a start date for the work. He said once it was completed it was hoped lots of people would get involved in learning the art of bell-ringing.
 
The church still needs to raise about another £30,000 for the project. Anybody who would like to make a donation should call Mr Blyth on 01508 499369.
 
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The memory of 11 villagers who died in the first world war has been desecrated by the theft of two brass plaques commemorating the conflict from All Saints Church in Narborough, near Swaffham.
 
The thieves caused £1,000 of damage when they broke in through a window overnight on Thursday, January 31.
 
Rev Stuart Nairn, who discovered the theft when he opened the church on Friday morning, said: “There is the upset of the church being invaded in this way, and the much greater upset at the desecration of the memory of those of the first world war who gave of their lives for peace and freedom.
 
“People are generally appalled. I have been a parish priest here for 25 years and it is the first time we have had anything of this particular nature happen,” said Rev Nairn. “The important thing about churches is they are open for people to come in and pray. That has to be their prime purpose and we are not shaken from that purpose.”
 
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