A new centre for the Trust (and the Friends)

St Martin at Palace
If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of the Flintspiration booklet, do pop along to St Martin at Palace and get one.The Trust moved in yesterday, and the church is already beginning to look lived-in. We even had a visitor, who saw that the door was open and decided we might be able to help with her inquiry.  Nothing to do with churches: who was the aristocrat who was killed close by during Kett’s Rebellion? The ever knowledgeable Dr Groves was on hand, and was able to say immediately “Lord Sheffield”, and we sent her happily on her way with a map to help her find the exact location of the murder. 
The Trust hopes that the Friends will make use of the facilities, and has earmarked the area below one of the mezzanines (the “pit”) where they might like to gather for coffee and a chat.  It’s a comfortable area, carpeted, with bench seating around it, and there is a small kitchen in a nearby cupboard.  (The main kitchen is upstairs.) The books left over from the Book Swap have been arranged on shelves in this area, and we’ll sell them for £1.00 each. If you’ve got any unwanted books, you know where they can find a home! 
The Trust also hopes that the Friends will be interested in helping to keep the church open several days a week, to talk to visitors about the Trust and the Friends, and perhaps show them around.  You might like to think about whether this is something you would be willing to volunteer for, and watch for further information.
David Luckhurst’s book “Norwich Medieval Churches as Part of the City Landscape“, will be launched on Flintspiration weekend, and he will be signing books at St Peter Mancroft from 1500-1600 hrs. on Saturday 29 April. The book contains 32 paintings of local churches, and the originals of these paintings will be on display in Norwich Cathedral Library on Saturday 29 April from 1100 – 1600 hrs.  The book will be available to purchase at various places in the city. See attached flyer for details.
That’s all for now.
Eleanor Martin, Friends Secretary

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