A church has received a £1,500 donation from a housebuilder to cover the annual cost of printing its community magazine.

Around 300 homes are being built at the Ryebank Gate development in Drove Lane, Yapton.

St Mary’s Church in the village received the donation from Barratt David Wilson Southern Counties to cover the printing costs of the monthly publication.

Founded in 1180, the church has been running its magazine for more than 80 years.

The magazine provides over 50 pages of upcoming church events and news as well as wider community updates and is supported by advertising revenue from local businesses.

Reverend Richard Hayes said: “Our magazine is a key part of the Church’s work in Yapton, bringing together and amplifying the voices and stories of our local community.


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“We thank Barratt David Wilson Homes for helping us secure funding for the next year and look forward to continuing to spread local news around the area.”

Alex Dowling, head of sales and marketing for the developer said: “Local newsletters and magazines are so important for communities to keep up to date on local events and news.

“We are incredibly pleased to have provided funding that will keep St Mary’s monthly magazine sustained over the next year.”

Ryebank Gate has a range of two, three and four-bedroom homes with prices starting at £264,995 for a two-bedroom property.