Concert singers will chorus couple’s hopes for church

A campaign to repair Bressingham Church porch, started by the late Rodger Aves and his wife, Millie, will receive a boost when a Gloucestershire choir performs in Diss.

The concert by the Stuart Singers will take place in St Mary’s Church on May 2, 7.30pm, thanks to a connection through the Dad’s Army Appreciation Society and the television series’ local links.

It has been arranged by churchwarden Diana Burroughes, who runs the society and lives on a Bressingham Farm which starred in one of the Dad’s Army programmes. A connection through the society knew the choir was coming to perform in the area and offered its services for free.

“There are 40 in the choir so we needed a bigger church than Bressingham. St Mary’s in Diss offered, for which we are extremely grateful,” Mrs Burroughes said.

Following the theft of lead from the porch roof over the past five years and concerns of water getting in, the project was started by Mr Aves, a long-standing churchwarden and parish council chairman who died in May 2013. His widow carried on his work until her death on January 1 this year.

“Rodger used to look up at the porch and say ‘We should do something or it will fall down’,” Mrs Burroughes said. “He and Millie were married in the church and there is a lovely photo of them in the porch on their wedding day. They always wanted to see it repaired.”

Friends and relatives of the couple have already donated over £3,000 to the restoration fund in their memory and it is hoped the concert will raise more. Tickets at £8 each are available from St Mary’s, Bressingham Village Shop or on 01379 688291.