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Altar servers’ Mass, Christmas swim, medal honour

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes an altar servers’ Mass, a Boxing Day swim in the North Sea and an honour for a long-serving parish volunteer and stalwart.

Fourteen altar servers (pictured above) turned out at St Felix’ Church Haverhill on December 26 to celebrate the Feast of St Stephen by serving at the annual Mass for altar servers and to renew their promises as members of the Guild of St Stephen.

Deacon Huw Williams said: “We were delighted to enrol three new members into the Guild this year and an extra special award, the Diocesan Medal, was made to Brendan Grace.

“Brendan has helped us in St Felix’ parish for many years being an altar server during the week as well as at weekends, and organising the maintenance and upkeep of our lovely church. He started as an altar server in Ireland 65 years ago at the age of 7 and is just as active and keen today, an example to our young people.  We are delighted that he has made his home with us in Haverhill.”

At the end of Mass on Wednesday December 19, a Diocesan Medal was presented by Canon Peter Rollings to Stuart Grant (pictured) in recognition of all his voluntary work in the parish of Hunstanton with Dersingham over many years, reports Pat Nevin.

Stuart is a real stalwart of the parish and has, among other things, been treasurer for many years, as well as going above and beyond to ensure that parish priests, visiting priests and retired priests and their needs are cared for.

He was instrumental in the organisation of the parish church refurbishment, as well as making sure the house at Dersingham was made ready for when Fr Henry ‘retired’ to our parish. He has been a great help in keeping the parish ‘ticking over’ during various changes.

Rev Andrew Neate (pictured right), Deacon of Our Lady and St Joseph, Sheringham & Cromer, braved the very chilly waters of the North Sea off the Cromer coast on Saint Stephen’s Day, December 26.

He was supported by other members of the Parish and there were hundreds of people either spectating or taking the plunge themselves! It was a dull damp morning and the sea was choppy – but Deacon Andrew fearlessly charged into the water – and ran out rather quickly as well.

It was all great fun and Deacon Andrew raised over £300 for SVP funds.


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