Fakenham Rector gives thanks following fire
Thanksgiving prayers will be offered at Sunday’s 10.30am service in Fakenham church that nobody was injured in last Sunday’s major fire, and that the church building was saved. Tony Rothe reports.
The Rector, Rev Adrian Bell
, pictured below
, has also said that all the proceeds from the refreshments and stalls at this week’s Thursday Market
in the church will be donated to the Fakenham Firefighters' Benevolent Fund
"Now that we have recovered emotionally from Sunday's massive fire in Fakenham, we can realise how very grateful we are for all the effort from our courageous fireman in saving the church.” Said Rev Bell.
Fakenham Parish Church
was saved from damage due to a constant watch on the building by the firefighters, and spraying the roof with water. We hope that people will give generously on Thursday, and will join us on Sunday for a service of thanksgiving, when a further donation will be made to the Fire Fighter's Fund.”
On the following Saturday, June 7
, thousands of books and hundreds of jigsaws will be on sale at the church as they hold their Grand Book and Jigsaw Fayre
. New and second-hand books will be on sale from only 20p. Entrance is free and refreshments will be served.
This will be the last fund-raising event organised by Revd Adrian Bell, as he retires later in the month. “Over the years the Grand Book and Jigsaw Fayres have not only been a valuable source of income to help maintained Fakenham's 14th Century Church, but also a wonderful opportunity to meet people” he said. “Often requests for prayers are asked, and baptisms and weddings booked, and even advice given to people on holiday! It is a great family event for all ages.”
Meanwhile, dramatic new pictures of the fire, some taken from the tower of
Fakenham Church, show just how close it came to disaster. The pictures were taken by professional photographer James B K Bell.