Urgent repair grants made to 15 Norfolk churches
Grants worth £74,000 to carry out urgent repairs at 15 Norfolk churches have been made by the Norfolk Churches Trust.
The Trustees have awarded a total of £74,000 including three grants of £10,000 each to churches at Blickling, near Aylsham; Little Cressingham, near Swaffham and Beeston-next-Mileham, near Dereham.
The trust has highlighted the estimated £12.7m needed for repairs at more than 50 churches across the county at its latest quarterly meeting.
The grant to St Andrew’s Church, Blickling, will help towards the £60,000 of repairing the roof following the lead theft in 2016. In mid-Norfolk, the grade I-listed landmark church of St Mary the Virgin, at Beeston-next-Mileham needs to spend almost £250,000 in repairing the tower and its distinctive spire. And St Andrew, Little Cressingham, near Swaffham, faces a bill for almost £90,000 for roof, window and flint work repairs.
The trust, which gave a total of £182,000 last year to 48 parishes, made two major awards in west Norfolk. It has given a grant of £9,000 to St Mary’s, West Walton, for urgent repairs of cracks and falling masonry at the west end of church. Outwell’s St Clement parish church will receive £8,000 for stained glass repairs to the Beaupre and Fincham chapels as part of a £79,000 restoration programme.
North Elmham’s parish church of St Mary has been awarded £7,000 towards repairs of the south transept, leading, timber and masonry work.
Two churches each receive £5,000 – Morston, All Saints £5,000 Conservation of painted tympanum, dated 1823 and St Peter & Paul, Swaffham, towards restoration of the William Wailes stained glass window.
The following churches were each awarded £2,000: North Wootton, All Saints for repairs to the stained glass windows; Norwich, St John Sepulchre £2,000 repairs to transept and vestry and Swanton Abbott, St Michael for drainage works.
Four churches each received £1,000 – St Andrew, Bacton; Forncett, St Peter; Pentney, St Mary Magdalene £1,000 roof repairs and Thetford, Baptist Church.
The latest annual Bike Ride, which has raised more than £2.6m since its inception, has made a total of £83, 794 to date, said organiser Charlie Inglis. With more funds still to be paid out, he hopes that it could come close towards £100,000.
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Pictured above is the "at risk" church of St Andrew, Blickling. Picture by Simon Knott