Les helps Norwich church hit tower target
Les Moore, a retired hospital chef with many creative gifts, is also well-known in Norfolk churches for his illustrated talks, using impressive handmade visual aids.
Now, despite being blind in one eye through serious illness, Les created a fund-raising image of the historic landmark tower at his local village church of St Andrew’s in Eaton, Norwich, to help raise £35,000 towards the £40,000 to repair the 15th century tower.
The 80ft flint tower stands alongside the 13th century parish church, the only thatched-roof church in Norwich.
Les built the tower model out of old wallpaper pasting tables and covered it with photos of the tower’s flinty surface.
In his home workshop, Les has made stage-sets, puppets, scenery and visual aids for his work in running more than 100 holiday clubs for children, over the years.
Recently he made a 15ft display for a popular team game that features flashing lights for a rail race from London to Norwich.
Len and his wife, Anne, also have a creative family: their daughter, Rachel, is a doctor of music in Oxford, and their son, Adrian is a BBC TV and radio engineer.
Now 68, Les is an evangelist at heart who vividly remembers the night when, at the age of 9, he came to faith in Jesus Christ. In recent years he has survived serious illness and has found comfort from Psalm 27:13: “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Today, he is a volunteer hospital visitor with a special regard for the needs of blind and partially-sighted people.
Pictured above, Les with his tower in the medieval parish church of St Andrew’s at Eaton, Norwich.