New appeal launched to modernise Swaffham Methodist Church

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Officials from Swaffham’s Methodist Church have launched a new campaign to raise the £400,000 they need to restore and upgrade the building.

Supporters are being urged to go along to the London Street venue tomorrow for a savoury bake event to raise funds for the cause.

And the church’s minister will be swapping the pulpit for the treadmill next month to boost the campaign.

The latest plea marks the start of the second phase of the church’s Pinnacle appeal, which has already raised funds for repairs carried out last year to roof supports and brick and stone work.

The campaign is now aiming to raise funds to replace the roof slates and modernise the church’s interior.

Muriel Bean, one of the organisers of tomorrow’s savoury bake sale, which will be held at the church from 9am, said some of the slates had been found to be thin or broken during the previous work.

She said: “Our advisers have said that the whole roof must be re-slated with the next four years and we are now furiously fundraising towards this and for changes that we wish to make to the interior of the church to make it a more usable and adaptable space for ourselves and for use by the community.”

Around £25,000 has already been raised and funding applications have also been submitted.

And tomorrow’s sale is the first of three major fundraisers for the church over the coming weeks.

Church minister, Rev Daphne Lloyd, will be completing a 60-minute sponsored workout, using fitness equipment at Style Health and Fitness in Norwich, on June 13.

Before that, a concert called Enchanted Evening, featuring pianist Sarah Rodgers, singer Richard Winch and clarinet player Geraldine Allen, will take place at the church on Saturday, May 23, from 7pm.

Tickets, priced £10, are available from the Ceres bookshop.

Supporters can also buy tickets, sponsor Rev Lloyd or contribute items to the sale, by phoning 01760 722611.