A lazy sunny afternoon, cooling refreshments and some smooth jazz sounds attracted visitors to Narborough on Saturday to help raise funds for vital church repairs.
The event, called Jazz at the Rectory, was the first fundraiser to be held in a drive to find £200,000 for repairs to the roof of the village’s All Saints’ Church.
“The roof slates are slipping and the roof leaks badly when it rains heavily,” said Canon Stuart Nairn.
The event was organised by Parochial Church Council member and chairman of the parish council, John Collins.
He said: “So far we’ve got a grant of £100,000 from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund charity and other grants have been applied for.”
Canon Nairn said that it was hoped the repair work would start next year, after what was seen as a successful start to the community’s fundraising effort.
Music was provided by the Four 4 Jazz plus one Band and Canon Nairn said: “We’ve drawn a good-sized crowd of enthusiasts from beyond the village.”
As with so many rural churches - and Norfolk has more than any other county in the country - money is always in short supply.
“The roof is only part of a double task we have to overcome,” said Canon Nairn.
“Currently we also have a day-to-day deficit of £5,000.”
However, it is hoped that shortfall will be lessoned by the churches Gift Day on Saturday, October 17.
Canon Nairn said: “The day will give people an opportunity to contribute to the on-going ministry of our church.”
Breckland district council member for the area, Peter Wilkinson, a strong supporter of the jazz afternoon, said that he had also tried to lessen the financial burden on his local church by working to get council grants for small church projects.
To subscribe to the Gift Day, cheques should be made out to Narborough with Narfold PCC and posted to The Rectory, Narborough, PE32 1TE.