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Welcome boost for the developing Seafarers Centre 

park donation 2015 005Homesick sailors in Great Yarmouth have been given a boost after the town’s Seafarer Centre took a big step towards reopening
 
Since the old building closed in 2004, Port Chaplain, Rev Peter Paine, has been working to reestablish a safe place for seamen and women to go once they’ve docked in Great Yarmouth.  And, after several years, this dream looks close to becoming reality, following a generous donation of £500 from the members of Park Baptist Church
 
The church, in Crown Road, presented a cheque to a visibly delighted Rev Paine after he had spoken at their regular Sunday morning service.  He said: “I am genuinely stunned by the generosity of this gift. It will mean a whole section of work can be completed and will enable Great Yarmouth to once again offer first class care to the seafarers who enter our port”
 
It is hoped the new centre will offer computing and internet facilities, so calls may be made to families at home, whilst space will be provided for trained volunteers to listen to anything that visitors may want to share
 
Speaking after the service, Rev Peter Timothy, Minister of Park Baptist, said: “As a church, we are passionate about resourcing and equipping local people who are meeting the needs of our community. There are a lot of things to be proud of in Great Yarmouth, and our rich tradition of caring for the men and women who sail into our port is one of them. A proper centre to enable this work is long overdue”

in the picture, you can see Rev Paine receivng the cheque from church treasurer, Colin Schofield
 

To find out more about volunteering at the Seafarer Centre email chaplain55@virginmedia.com and to follow the progress of the building work, please look at www.gysc.co.uk
 
To discover more about Park Baptist Church visit www.parkbaptist.org.uk