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Yarmouth chaplain gets keys for safe haven 

SeafarersCentrePaine430A project to create a safe haven for Great Yarmouth’s visiting boatmen has taken a huge leap forward with the handover of a quayside building to Port Chaplain, Rev Peter Paine.

Establishing a new seafarers’ mission centre in the town has been a long-held dream for Peter, who was delighted to be handed the keys to the redundant building last week by bosses at EastPort
Work will now begin in earnest in designing the new centre, which Rev Paine hopes to have open by July. The South Quay building has been empty for a number of years and he will be working with building and construction students from Great Yarmouth College to refurbish it inside and out, to make it a welcoming space for the thousands of sailors who come into the town every year
Rev Paine said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. It will mean the services I provide will come under one roof and it will be a safe roof.  And the Mission of Seafarers has agreed we can use their logo, which is internationally recognisable.  Any seafarer who sees it knows exactly what it means; it’s a place of safety where they can get any help they need, where they can come in and rest or talk to a chaplain if they have got something on their mind.  The sign means everything to us”  
Until he was given his premises on dry land, Rev Paine was working out of the back of his car and to help with the refurbishment work he has called for fundraising pledges, which he is keen to collect so work can start as soon as possible

SeafarersCentrePaine427The town has been without a base for visiting sailors for 10 years after the old Yarmouth International Seafarers’ Centre closed in 2004 after losing its national funding
Those wishing to donate to this worthy cause should make cheques payable to Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre and send to Rev Peter Paine, Port Chaplain, c/o First Move Furnishaid Ltd, Artillery Square, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2LR.  Or you can contact Peter at portchaplain@keme.co.uk
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Pictured above, Port Chaplain, Rev Peter Paine, is handed the keys to the new Seafarers Centre in Great Yarmouth by port boss Bruce Coupland.

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