The Friends reaches out into the community to attract more people to enjoy this incredible building and to also raise essential funds.
This has been done through concerts, lunch time recitals, barn dances, auction of promises and lectures. Over the last three years we have welcomed musicians, actors and lecturers. In 2017, Norwich Cathedral Girls’ choir came, so too did Henriette Poos the harpist, Lawrence Thackeray a wonderful tenor, West Norfolk Youth Orchestra, David Young the clarinettist and Joo Yeon (violin) and Laura Snowden (guitar) to name but a few. Other events included a Hymns and Pimms afternoon and an evening with Flanders and Swann (an excellent tribute group).
The Friends works closely with the parish council to promote these events and continue to draw audiences from further afield on each occasion. St Mary’s is rapidly gaining a reputation of providing high quality performances and events year-round.
The Friends in 2017 also continued to outreach further into the community by organising The Village Cinema in Snettisham. In 2016 The Friends were awarded £5000 worth of state of the art film screening equipment by The British Film Institute and whilst originally films were screened in the church hall, in 2017 we moved to The Memorial Hall which has better facilities and better parking. Films take place once a month usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Previous films shown have included A United Kingdom, Brooklyn, Bridge of Spies, Denial and Eye in the Sky. There is an emphasis on British films as far as possible and those which have had little exposure locally.