New path smooths the way for St John’s Church in Beck Row

Parishoners at St John's Church with Cllrs David Bowman and James Waters who helped fund the new pathway to the church
Parishoners at St John's Church with Cllrs David Bowman and James Waters who helped fund the new pathway to the church
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Donations of locality funding by two councillors have enabled people to have easier access to St John’s Church in Beck Row.

Now elderly and disabled people and mums with push chairs can get to the church after its stone and shingle pathway was resurfaced,

The church runs several community events such as coffee mornings and lunches. It is also the resting place of heroic Australian wartime pilot Rawdon Hume Middleton, recipient of the Victoria Cross.

He is buried in a War Grave at St John’s after being posthumously recognised for his valour after, despite serious injuries, flying his Stirling bomber back to the UK after a bombing raid over Turin. Churchwarden Bruce Gardener said: “We had a large stone and shingle path which was difficult enough to walk on for most people. For those using walking sticks, frames or wheelchairs it was virtually impossible.

“We also have war graves at the back of the church. A lot of people in their 80s want to come to remember their loved ones or colleagues and found it difficult.”

The path is now one of tarmac with granite chippings rolled into it and has been put in thanks to a £2,000 locality grant from Cllrs David Bowman and James Waters.

This together with grants from Suffolk Historic Churches Trust and the All Churches Trust as well as fund-raising by church members has enabled the work to be done by T Nunn Surfacing. The total cost was £6,800.

Cllr Bowman said: “This has opened it up so much better. A small amount of money has made a huge amount of difference.”

Cllr Waters added: “The purpose of these grants is to help support our communities. I am delighted that our council locality funding has made the world of difference and will mean more people can take part in the social events held there.”