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Appeal to save events at historic Norfolk church

ShimplingChurch400An appeal has been launched to help secure the future of the 50-year-old annual traditional Service of Carols by Candlelight at St George’s Church, Shimpling in South Norfolk by finding a new events organiser for the historic venue.

Maurice Philpot, who has been associated with the church since 1972, is retiring from organising the Carol Service and other events at the church, following the 2014 service - to be held on December 18.  St George’s Church is one of over 340 churches in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.
Anyone interested in organising events at St George’s – and, in particular, the Carol Service – should contact The Churches Conservation Trust’s Volunteering Officer for Norfolk and Suffolk, Laura McLean, on 07799 424078 or
Meanwhile, during 2014, a full programme of events continues: including a Celebration of the Patronal Festival of the Church on St George’s Day (April 23), a talk on ‘Some Eccentric East Anglian Clergymen’ (June 18), and a Commemoration of the 12 men of Shimpling who died in the Service of their Country, 1914-1918 (July 27).  The church will also once again be participating in the annual national Heritage Open Weekend on Saturday September 13 and Sunday 14.   
Maurice will not be severing all links with St George’s Church and The Churches Conservation Trust.  He will continue to clean the church, to offer informal conducted tours for local groups - and also to provide those special ‘Shimpling refreshments’ for participants in the annual Norfolk Churches Trust sponsored cycle ride on the second Saturday of each September.

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