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Calls to support struggling Norwich Christian Resource Centre

PUBLISHED: 10:02 28 March 2012

Steve Foyster at the Christian Resource Centre which faces possible closure, at the St Michael-At-Plea Church. Picture: Denise Bradley

Steve Foyster at the Christian Resource Centre which faces possible closure, at the St Michael-At-Plea Church. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Its café is called Forget-me-Not – and now that is the message coming from the people behind a city resource centre after it emerged that it faced possible closure.

The warning comes after the Norwich Christian Resource Centre, based at St Michael-At-Plea in Redwell Street, and the Forget-me-Not Café saw turnover for February and March between 11pc and 21pc down on the same months a year ago.

Coupled with high overheads, it means unless the centre can win public support, it may be forced to close.

Shop manager Steve Foyster said: “If this continues, even in the short term, it is almost inevitable that the centre will close. All the paid staff are braced for another cut in hours and we have been destocking books and CDs by up to 40pc via our sale and returning for credit to suppliers.”

The ecumenical Christian resource centre offers a bookshop, an online shop, a meeting place, a platform for debate and a cafe.

It also runs a series of free and paid-for events.

It has been based at St Michael-At-Plea church near Bank Plain, for between six and seven years after moving from Pottergate.

Mr Foyster added: “Although we do realise these are difficult times for all, come to Norwich Christian Resources first for your requirements rather than visiting online, so that we can continue to keep a broad range of titles.

“We can often offer a discount.

“Donate secondhand books, which still are so well received that we are increasing the shelf space. We are often willing to collect if you cannot deliver to the centre.

“Hire our café free of charge for an evening or late afternoon meeting after 3.30pm – we can offer refreshments at very reasonable rates – and tell friends and fellow churchgoers where we are and what we offer.

“So many people are still unaware that we exist.”

To raise funds for the centre, a sponsored three-mile April Amble will be held on Sunday, April 29, around Norwich city centre and parts of the river, ending at the Forget-me-Not Café for a free tea.

To find out more about the centre, go to www.norwichcrc.co.uk

Are you trying to save a resource for the community? Call Evening News reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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