Norwich church launches tile appeal for roof 

As Bowthorpe Church, west of Norwich, celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of its church building, members are launching an unusual “sign-a-tile” project to help repair the leaking roof. Mike Wiltshire reports.

To raise the community share of the money needed to complete the £70,000 project, local people and members of the vibrant fellowship are being offered a chance to permanently write their name into Bowthorpe’s heritage.
MarkElvin540A two-day “Sign-a-tile” event is planned for Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, when people can come between 10am and 3pm to write their name on one of the new tiles. There will also be a book of remembrance where the names will be recorded for posterity.  
The Rev Mark Elvin, senior minister of Bowthorpe Church, says: “We want to make this a fun event, with refreshments. There will also be a children’s treasure hunt, plus a surprise guest for the children.”
Distinguished guest and local MP Clive Lewis will also be signing a tile on Friday April 8 from around 12.30pm.
The church is suggesting a donation of £5 for each tile. “A family may choose to sign a tile between them. Some may even sign a tile in memory of their loved one,” says Mark. “Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, come and write your name into Bowthorpe’s heritage!”
The ecumenical building stands on a historic site where a parish church stood for 900 years. The ruin and present-day Garden of Remembrance of St Michael and All Angels is adjacent to today’s church.
In the 14th and 15th centuries the same stone that used in the building of Norwich Cathedral was used to enlarge the church which eventually became a ruin in the 1790s. 

Pictured top is the church at Bowthorpe and, above, Rev Mark Elvin.


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