Befriend Sprowston's 14th century church
St Mary and St Margaret's Church in Sprowston is appealing to local people within the community it has served for hundreds of years to offer practical help in looking after its building.
A Friends Group is being set up to look after the historic building of St Mary and St Margaret’s on Church Lane, Sprowston.
This is an open invitation to actively contribute to an important building within the fabric of the local community. Volunteers do not need to attend church and there are several different ways that people can get involved to provide practical assistance.
There is a need for helpers to take part, just for a couple of hours, during two biannual housekeeping days. Volunteers are also being sought to help run fundraising events and to contribute to ideas to making the church building sustainable.
The organisers of the new Friends Group are also appealing for old photographs of family occasions showing the church, which could be copied and displayed to help emphasise how important the lovely old church is to families within Sprowston.
The Parish Church of St Mary & St Margaret was built in the 14th century and warmly welcomes visitors. An online guide book has been published for those interested in the history surrounding the ancient church.
Within their appeal the founders of the Friends Group characterise the church as an elderly local in need of supportive friends and neighbours, writing:
“I often need help with mundane but important chores such as housekeeping, perhaps assistance with a little minor building maintenance. I enjoy social events but here too I need friends to help me although I always provide tea and a sticky bun and plenty of laughter.
“Over my long life I have shared many, many wonderfully joyous occasions such as marriages and births with many families in Sprowston. Unfortunately I have also shared the pain of bereavement and loss but have always been there with support and friendship. The time has come for me to ask for your support and friendship”
If you can help with any of the suggested activities and/or would like to join the Friends Group please email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01603 411194 or drop a letter into the “Friends” box at the back of the church.