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Bishop blesses transformation of Hunstanton church

Bishop Alan visited Hunstanton Parish on May 9 to conduct a Blessing Mass at the refurbished parish church during which he blessed all parts of the church. Ian Steel reports.


HunstantonChurch550The Bishop was joined by other members of clergy including Very Rev Canon Peter Rollings (Parish Priest), Fr Henry MacCarthy, Fr Henry Whisenant, Fr Michael Ryan and former parish priest Fr James Fyfe.

The refurbishment included the creation of a much-needed new meeting/function room for parish use. This has a fully fitted kitchen adjoining the main room, and also includes toilets suitable for use by disabled members of the congregation and visitors. Bishop Alan was very impressed with the results of the refurbishment works.

HunstantonTea550The quality and overall appearance of the refurbishment work has been widely praised as reported by journalist John Maiden, writing in the Lynn News, he said: "It gives me enormous pleasure to say that the recent changes and refurbishment at the church have restored its character and appearance, so that it truly reflects its origins as a delightful example of Arts & Crafts design and architecture."

The parish is holding an open day on Saturday July 9, and will be inviting local residents and visitors to have a look around the church, see "before and after' photographs, and enjoy some refreshments and a chat.

Pictured top is Bishop Alan with the team responsible for the transformation of Our Lady and Saint Edmund's, Hunstanton. Left to right: The Very Rev Canon Peter Rollins, Parish Priest, Gordon Gillick, (who designed the sanctuary and carried out the restoration and refurbishment of the High Altar and the church's artworks), Bishop Alan, and John Fitt (who was responsible for the building work).

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