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A website which helps Norfolk's Christian community 'connect and communicate' has scooped a top award in a prestigious national competition.

Network Norwich & Norfolk was named the best regional church website in the UK in the contest organized by Christian Aid and The Church Times.

The Surefish.co.uk 2009 Church Website of the Year Awards recognise the best local, regional and national church websites, as well as the best blog, youth website and most innovative site.

The Norfolk-based Christian community website - address is www.networknorwich.co.uk - beat off competition from The Diocese of Manchester and Leicester to win the coveted title, alongside other winners including the Church of England national site, Connect Southampton, The Sophia Network and pray-as-you-go.

Website editor Keith Morris collected the award in a presentation ceremony hosted by Songs of Praise TV presenter Pam Rhodes at Christian Aid's London HQ with John Betts, development officer of Transforming Norwich, one of many partner organisations that the website works alongside.

The website was judged on its design, ease of use, navigation, images, content, engagement with visitors, use of technology and regularity of updates.

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Judges said of the Norfolk website: 'It has original content, is useful to the community and is consistently updated with regular new content. It is a friendly, informative, interactive and well-structured site.'

Mr Morris, who edits the website alongside web officer Helen Baldry, said: 'It is great to get national recognition for our website as we are always looking to develop, innovate and move forward in our work trying to help all parts of the local Christian community connect and communicate both within its different parts and with the wider communities in which they operate.

'Our expansion to cover Norfolk as well as Norwich has obviously paid off and more and more people are visiting and contributing to the website every month.'

The website, which was launched in October 2005 is backed by local Christian charity Dreams & Visions as well as support from many partner organisations and advertisers.

Anyone wanting to talk to the team behind the website to see how it can help you, or if you have news and events to be promoted, please e-mail keith.morris@networknorwich.co.uk.