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South Norfolk church's 610-hymn marathon 

JennieVereLophamHymns300A South Norfolk church organist has played an amazing 610 hymns in an eight-hour marathon session on Saturday August 8 to raise over £2,200 for church funds as part of Open Churches Week.

Jennie Vere (pictured right) began her marathon session in North Lopham Church at 8.30am and the first visitor arriving soon after and there was a non-stop stream of visitors for the rest of the day.

Through-out the morning the playing was non-stop, slowing down during the afternoon which gave visitors the chance to request favourite hymns and to sing along. "All Things Bright & Beautiful" had 19 requests, followed by "Jerusalem" with 12; "How great Thou art" and "Morning has broken" tied for third place with 10 requests each.

By 5pm Jennie had played 608 hymns on the rare chamber organ with integral barrel organ which was restored in 1992. Everyone then stood together to sing the final two hymns making a grand total of 610 hymns in just over 8 hours.

The event proved a great success, raising over £2200, plus Gift Aid. Most of the donations came from local residents and friends of local residents showing how much they value the church presence in the community.

Jennie said: “St Nicholas' Church is open every day, but Open Churches Week and events such as the marathon really do open people's minds to the fact, and encourage them to come over the thresh-hold.”  

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