The main speaker this year will be well known broadcaster, the Rev. Rob Gillion
, pictured above
, best known for his appearances on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show
on Radio 2
, and Radio 4's 'Thought for the day'
, as well as many other TV and radio shows.
Rob is presently Area Dean of Chelsea
, and Rector of Holy Trinity, Sloane Square
. With many years of theatrical experience before entering the Ministry, he also serves as Chair of the Actors Church Union
and Senior Theatre Chaplain
in the UK.
Locally, many will remember Rob from his first appointment as Curate at St Nicholas church
in the mid 1980's.
Other returning favourites will be compere Tony Mallion
, The Fakenham Town Band
, one of the foremost brass bands in East Anglia, led by the band’s musical director Paul Speed
, and Danny Wakefield
, playing the magnificent Mighty Wurlitzer
organ. Also performing will be the choir which is formed especially for the occasion by local Methodists.
The event, which has been organized by the Central Norfolk Methodist Circuit
, in conjunction with the Thursford museum, is one of the most popular events in the Norfolk church calendar, and usually attracts over a thousand people. Admission is free, although a collection for charity is taken, with this year’s cause being 'Turn On The Tap
', a charity which provides safe, clean drinking water where the supply has become polluted by natural or man-made disaster.
The Thursford Songs of Praise
started many years ago at the invitation of the Collection’s founder George Cushing
and his wife, who suggested that a service using the Wurlitzer cinema organ would prove a big attraction. In recent years the Rev Rosemary Wakelin
, Methodist minister in Holt at that time, became involved and built up the programme by including the band and other features, such as former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Tony Mallion.
Tickets for the service on Sunday March 23
, at earlier than usual time of 3pm
, can be obtained by writing to :
Songs Of Praise, The Thursford Collection, Thursford Green, Fakenham, NR21 0AS
Applicants should enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, and mark clearly on the envelope the number of tickets required.