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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
The Daleks are infamous for wanting to “Exterminate, exterminate!” but a church is hoping to make a killing by selling one.
Godmanchester Baptist Church has put its resident cyborg up for sale – and The Hunts Post is helping to auction the extraterrestrial by accepting bids.
The church’s impressive version of Dr Who’s biggest enemy was made for its Friday Night Project, a club for youngsters in school Years 7 to 13 with about 100 members.
They meet for theme nights, gaming sessions on consoles or to play pool, table tennis, table football and air hockey.
Its creator was John Stevens, a member of the church’s leadership team and a retired electrical engineer. He said: “Daniel Beckett, our youth and children’s pastor, was saying he wanted to organise a Christmas ball and the theme would be Dr Who.
“I think he was thinking of some sort of cardboard Dalek but I said we’d have a go at making one.
“The more I looked into it, the more I realised it would not be done in a couple of evenings. I got some basic drawings off the web and tried to follow them as far as possible.”
The build, which took place in Mr Stevens’ garage at his Papworth Everard home, with help from Andrew Fasham and Tony Goodwin, took three months.
“The guy who lives across the road came over and said he’d seen me working but could not make out what it was. He thought it was either a pulpit or a bar.”
Mr Stevens, who admitted he was not a fan of the BBC science fiction series, said the hardest part was making the Dalek’s 48 spots. “In the end, they were made out of plaster of Paris pasted into moulds.
“The base is on wheels so it can move around and the whole thing is strong enough for a youngster to sit in.”
Extras include a rotating head, an eyeball that lights up and the top glows in the dark.
The church hopes to make at least £850 from the sale, which will go to the Arise and Shine Children’s Home, in Kenya, set up by Mr Stevens’ son Matthew in 2005.
The home caters for more than 30 youngsters with little or no family contact who would otherwise be on the streets. Mr Stevens, who visited last year, said: “It’s an absolutely fantastic place. The people are so hard-working who look after the children.”
To put in a bid, send it to The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon PE29 3TB, or email firstname.lastname@example.org –include your name, address, daytime contact telephone number and the amount. The closing date is Friday, February 7.