Singalong plea as new church hall rises up
By John Breeze
As Oak Grove Chapel’s new community hall rises from the ground in Norwich people are being invited to join in a Sing-a-long Sound of Music on February 11 to raise cash for the venture.
A new building is taking shape in Catton where the two schools, First and Middle are coming together under the Government’s new scheme for autumn this year. As well as a group of classrooms being constructed next to the Middle School (which was rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 2000) there is to be a large community hall which will be used for sports and arts activities.
As part of its commitment to the Catton community Oak Grove Chapel is helping fund the building of this new hall as a gift to the community. This means that the hall will be enlarged and the specification upgraded to include state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems and a well equipped stage area. Oak Grove will use this 300-seater hall for its Sunday worship and it will be available for school and community activities outside this time.
Oak Grove Chapel and its adjoining buildings on Catton Grove Road will be used for midweek activities. The basic steelwork structure of the hall is already changing the skyline in the Catton Grove area and an opening weekend is scheduled for Saturday/ Sunday October 6 and 7 when Steve Chalke is expected as the main speaker. He will be at the opening on the afternoon of October 6 whilst the evening will be given to an open meeting for church leaders around the city and county when Steve will talk about the churches’ mission to community.
As part of the fundraising activities there will be a Singalong to the Sound of Music at Oak Grove Chapel on Sunday February 11 at 5pm. The idea is to come dressed as something from the film - a brown paper package or a nun or a whisker on a kitten.
As the film is shown on big screen with subtitles, join in the popular songs of the film. You can even be your own Maria or Count von Trapp! There are also refreshments during the interval - drinks and Oak Grove Chapel’s famous cakes! Tickets are £3 (£2.50 concessions and £10 for a family ticket available o the door).
The performance starts at 5pm and the whole thing lasts about two hours. All funds are for the new Catton Grove community hall.
Pictured above is the new community hall taking shape in Catton Grove.