All Saintsí Centre was set up in 1979 by Jo Cook, a local Christian with a vision of a place in the heart of the city where Christians of all denominations, or none, could serve the community in the name of Christ, offering food for body, mind and spirit. All Saintsí still has a chapel where weekly prayers are offered and Christian reading materials are available but the nave and side aisle of the church now house the Sanctuary Cafe, where breakfasts, lunches and light refreshments are available, seating areas, books, cards and information.
The Norwich Puppet Theatre was founded in 1978 by Ray & Joan DaSilva as a permanent base for their touring company and was first opened as a public venue in 1980, following the conversion of the medieval church of St James. The conversion & subsequent use of the church epitomises the fact that although the church was established hundreds of years ago it continues to be pivotal to the local community.
The main part of the building had been empty for over 3 years when in 2005 the NHCT were approached by Lyn & Peter Shipley who were looking for premises for the Norwich Academy of Martial Arts (NAMA). The Shipleys had dreamed of opening up a martial arts centre for a number of years. Interestingly Peter started training at the age of 5 at St Michael Coslany Church on Duke Street. The church is in an ideal location for NAMA but as important is the atmosphere in this beautiful, magnificent building.
The SPCK Resource Centre & the Forget-Me-Not Café moved to St Michael at Plea Church during July 2004. Previously the SPCK shop had been based at retail premises on Pottergate. Steve Foyster (manager) welcomed the move to the beautifully restored Norwich Church as it not only gave them a separate space to set up a café, but is was also in a perfect position being close to Norwich Cathedral and also on the tourist trail.
St Mary's is now home to a book publisher which is somewhat appropriate as outside the church is a plaque commemorating the site of the baptism of Luke Hansard who whilst in Norwich “…served an apprenticeship as a printer ..went to London in 1771 and printed journals of the House of Commons”. The rest is Parliamentary history.................................
|All Saints Westlegate||St. George Tombland||St. Julian||St. Michael at Plea|
|St. Andrew||St. Giles||St. Lawrence||St. Peter Hungate|
|St. Augustine||St. Gregory||St. Margaret||St. Peter Mancroft|
|St. Benedict||St. Helen||St. Martin at Oak||St. Peter Parmentergate|
|St. Clement||St. James Pockthorpe||St. Martin at Palace Plain||St. Saviour|
|St. Edmund Fishergate||St. John de Sepulchre||St. Mary Coslany||St. Simon & St. Jude|
|St. Etheldreda||St. John Maddermarket||St. Mary the Less||St. Stephen|
|St. George Colegate||St. John Timberhill||St. Michael(Miles) Coslany||St. Swithin|