Vicar reveals parish church is in a ‘precarious state’

Vicar of St Edmund's at Hunstanton,  Fr John Bloomfield, points at the troublesome area on the wall
Vicar of St Edmund's at Hunstanton, Fr John Bloomfield, points at the troublesome area on the wall
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Hunstanton Parish Church is in need of repair work.

Over the past few months cracks have appeared in the wall at the west end of the south aisle at St Edmund’s.

The vicar, Father John Bloomfield, describes it as being in a ‘precarious state’.

St Edmund’s is used not only for regular worship, weddings and funerals but also for many other events including concerts, recitals, school nativities and harvest festivals.

Father John said: “The Church of England as we know it now was established in the reign of Elizabeth I.

“Elizabeth’s ideal was to have a church for the nation, and because we are the church of and for the nation we try to keep our buildings open for use outside times of worship.

“It takes a lot of money to keep our churches open and available for the wider community and if we want to keep the idea of a parish church going with its ministry available for the local community then we have to maintain the building. And our building needs quite a lot of work done on it at the moment.”

Cue Mike Tandy with his EMPTY Trio and Friends who are staging the first fundraiser – a Midsummer Jazz Evening on Saturday at 7.30pm. It is hoped that this will kick-start the fundraising efforts to pay for the essential repairs following the recent surveyor’s report. Tickets are £7.50 (including refreshments) from Hunstanton Tourist Information Office.