Norwich church is asset to local community

ChristChurchThe £50k refurbishment of a Norwich church hall and the addition of new gardens has turned it into a real community asset. The church is celebrating with a harvest festival and choir open day this month.

Christ Church, Eaton was able to undergo the improvements thanks to Community Fund grants of £45,160 plus £2,779 to update the disabled access WC and donations from members to fund the new memorial and children’s gardens.

The work was completed in time for the visit of the Bishop of Norwich on Sunday September 15 when the church gardens were officially dedicated.

Over 50 members of the congregation enjoyed lunch and entertainment with Bishop Graham James. The new gardens at the church are the result of specific donations from members of the congregation. Colin and Audrey Way funded the Memorial Garden which is on the south side of the church.

The Children’s Garden, on the north side, was funded by donations in memory of the late Professor Brian Funnell, and also the late Joan Ellis

The church hall is leased to a local group who manage the day to day caretaking of the hall. The hall is used by various community groups, including Brownies, dance and aikido, and since the new leasing agreement was made has received various grants for major improvements, including for removing the old stage and creating new rooms and toilet facilities.

The Vicar, the Rev’d Dr Patrick Richmond said “I’m delighted that we’ve received these grants so that our hall can be an even better asset to the local community and I’m grateful to all those involved in the management and day to day running of the hall. The grants received mean that all the work and time involved in coming to the new leasing agreement has paid off in every sense.”

Christ Church’s next project is to restore the historic church’s stained and plain glass windows. The church has already raised £59,000 from its Be A Pane campaign, which has seen the windows divided up into different sections and people invited to sponsor the different parts.

A further £6,000 is needed to fully fund the project that is due to start at the end of this month and be completed by March next year.

Harvest festival and Choir open weekend

The open weekend at Christ Church starts with choir rehearsal on Friday 27th September at 7pm, during which they will be rehearsing music for the Harvest Festival service and also previewing music for Advent and Christmas. Wine and nibbles will be available at the end and all are welcome. Any singers from age 8+ are welcome to come, some singing experience is preferable but not essential. Any singers wanting to come are asked to contact Matthew Wright in advance: or 01508 492535. The Harvest service is on Sunday 29th September at 10am, and is suitable for all ages. Harvest gifts are brought to the altar (and are later donated to local charities) and there are well known hymns, a choir and music group and refreshments after.

For information on Christ Church, Eaton and its fundraising links please click here

For information and to hire Eaton Parish Hall, Colman Road, please contact Mr Karl Tutt on 0797 205 9610 or

Pictured above: The opening of the gardens at Christ Church Eaton. Picture by Alistair Bolt
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