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East Runton Saint Andrew Church NR27



East Runton Saint Andrew Church,  This church was a late build as churches go, a large wooden cross to hang over the altar and a white laudian altar cloth was gifted by a member of the congregation. And after a very successful Christmas Fayre in November ‘86,   material was purchased and green altar frontal and lectern fall were designed and made by members of the church. The Rood, (the Crucifix with our Lady and St. John either side) were given by Martin Dupont, and designed by Father. John Denny and painted by his wife Margaret. After an inspection in 1993 the building was found to have cracks in the walls, a leaky roof, and the window frames were rotting and the lintel over the sacristy collapsing. Repairs were estimated around £10,000. The Revd. John Denny, curate to the parish and an architect prior to ordination, put forward the idea of a major revamp of the building and with Michael Pert, vice chairman of the PCC and also an architect, 5 different plans were drawn up and one was selected. It involved turning around the interior with extensions of an apse, a kitchen and a porch. The people of Saint. Andrew’s earnestly set about raising the money. Events varied from coffee mornings and flower demonstrations to car boot sales and auctions. There was tremendous support from both the village and the parish. An electric Hammond organ was given on permanent loan from Mr. Stanley Fuller in 1995, and the existing piano and harmonium were sold. The Hammond organ was in service until June 2004 when it was replaced by a 20 year old Wyvern (Salisbury). It was becoming more difficult to get spares; it was part mechanical and required regular maintenance, a bit like a car. The Wyvern, electronic organ kept going, just, until enough funds were raised to buy a new one. In August 2007 a Johannus Opus 7, was purchased at a cost of £4,650, forty blue chairs were purchased from the parish church at Bournemouth, and the pews were sold for £30 each. A chest for storing vestments was gifted.


East Runton Saint Andrew Church NR27