Mautby church extension is completed
An East Norfolk congregation is celebrating the completion of a much-needed £100,000 extension to their historic church, marking the end of a four year fundraising mission.
A need for the extra facilities was first raised in the late 1990s but was put on hold as the church could not afford the work. In 2011 the congregation made a pledge to stop talking about the scheme and get on with it, and fundraising for their six-figure total began in earnest.
From fetes and flower festivals to table top sales, wine tasting evenings and tours of the ancient stone tower, the entire community threw itself into the project and happily hosted a range of events. One lady requested donations in lieu of presents for her 90th birthday, and a newly-wed bride and groom asked their guests to contribute to the church fund.
The fundraising was given a generous boost with a legacy from a regular churchgoer, which helped pave the way for construction work to start last April, with archaeologists unearthing an ancient medieval burial site as excavations progressed.
The bolt-on building to Mautby’s round tower church now houses a sleek new kitchen and toilets and it is now hoped the new facilities will allow the church to host many more community events, starting with a concert from local singer Dale Bullimore on April 17.
The extension will be officially opened by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, next month.
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