Dear Friends,
I would like to begin my first newsletter by thanking our outgoing Chair, Julia Drury,  for the enormous amount of work, energy and enthusiasm she has put into the project for the last four and a half years. Without her vision and drive the Church would not be restored as it is today and available for our community to enjoy for years to come. Personally I have enjoyed working with her enormously. I have learned a great deal and we have had a lot of fun together in the process. Thank you Julia! 
As a consequence of Julia’s retirement, we do have room on the committee for a new member. If you would like to join or maybe just help out at our events or with administration, please do contact me. We would be very glad of extra pairs of hands!
During March we held our Folk and Friends evening, organised by Ros Hele. It was a lovely evening, the Church packed with over 80 people who enjoyed songs, stories and poems by candlelight. We held a collection for the Ukrainian people and received £520 in donations. Together with the £720 raised at our pancake day celebration I think we can be proud of the generosity of our community. 
In April we have two events to look forward to. On Tuesday 12th at 7pm in the Church there will be a talk by Peter Stibbons and James Mindham entitled, Gresham Castle, Observations and Revelations! This promises to be fascinating and will include very recent discoveries made using magnetometry, which give new insights to our local history. 
On Tuesday 26th April, also at 7pm in the Church we are fortunate to have Dr Clare Haynes of UEA visiting. Her lecture is, Drawing Norfolk’s Churches: a short history. Complimentary refreshments will be served after both talks. I do hope many of you will be able to join us for what will be two interesting evenings. Parking will be available in the Village Hall car park; just one note from their booking secretary, as there is another event on at the Hall those evenings, please would you be kind enough to park as far away from the building as possible. Thank you!
With best wishes,
Helen Hunter

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