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Gordon's 17ft rocket boosts fund-raiser for St Leonard's Church in Horringer




A fund-raising co-ordinator has given his campaign for new facilities at a village church an eye-catching boost by building a 17ft rocket.

Gordon Hughes is spearheading money-spinning events to pay for a disabled toilet, kitchen and adapt access for wheelchair users at St Leonard’s Church, in Horringer.

To generate buzz for the ‘Boost our Church into the 21st Century’ campaign and show how much has been raised, the 73-year-old has built a rocket from recycled pallet timbers in the churchyard and facing the A143.

Church warden Philip Underwood and Susan Crameri, deputy church warden, with Gordon Hughes. Picture: Mark Westley.
Church warden Philip Underwood and Susan Crameri, deputy church warden, with Gordon Hughes. Picture: Mark Westley.

The structure even has fluorescent strips so it glows in the dark.

Mr Hughes, a retired independent financial adviser, said: “Rockets are 21st Century. I want to bring the church screaming into the 21st Century and broaden the congregation.”

The chart currently sits at £60,000 following a legacy donation with a further £100,000 needed.

HORRINGER: St Leonard's Church, The Street, Horringer.Picture Mark Westley. (7119163)
HORRINGER: St Leonard's Church, The Street, Horringer.Picture Mark Westley. (7119163)

Mr Hughes has arranged three Saturday night fund-raising concerts on February 23, March 23 and September 28.

He is also organising a corporate event next year.

For details and tickets, visit www.horringer.org.uk/events or call 01284 735933.



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