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Salvation army in Fakenham seeks new members

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Salvation Army leaders in Fakenham are encouraging people to join two new community groups.

The Parent Pitstop and Fakenham Friendship Group are both held on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11am and from 1pm to 3pm respectively at the Fakenham Salvation Army church on Oak Street.

Captain Adrian Allen, corps officer, said: “Earlier this year, we were thinking about what the community needs to move forward through the pandemic. We thought people should spend time being rather doing, people should come together rather than isolate and be given the opportunity to communicate if they wanted to.

Salvation Army logo (52602938)
Salvation Army logo (52602938)

“It didn’t matter what we started as long as it had these three elements. We wanted to open our doors so people could come in for a coffee and a chat.”

The Parent Pitstop is open to parents who drop young children at school while the Fakenham Friendship Group is open to everyone. It currently has members whose ages range from under 30 to over 80.

Mr Allen said: “If you want to meet other people and spend time in a different environment, you are welcome to come along.

“As we move forward through the pandemic, we can come out and meet one another again. We’re made to be in a community and not be isolated. The reaction is very positive. One person said it was perfect timing while another said it was lovely just to be able to get out of their house.”

Anyone coming to the group will be able to relax with puzzles, board games, or a crossword but Adrian said he didn’t want either event to be too structured.

Mr Allen said: “We want to be a welcoming place and for people to feel at home at The Salvation Army; we’re here and available.”

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