Have you say on future of Norfolk churches
An independent Church Buildings Commission team is compiling a report on the future sustainability of Anglican church buildings across Norfolk and Waveney so they can be better utilised today and in the future and it wants to hear your views on the issue.
Are church buildings a heritage asset, community space, ancient places of worship or all of these, asks the survey commissioned by the Diocese of Norwich on its 650 Anglican churches across Norfolk and Waveney.
Some 95% are Grade 1 listed buildings, many are ancient places of prayer and worship, others serve their communities in all sorts of other ways and many contain centuries worth of heritage.
But this provides a huge challenge for today, says the Diocese. What would it look like to you if your local church was no longer in use or had to close because there’s no one to look after it? Would it matter to you?
Ancient churches have been lost for many reasons over the centuries; plague, famine, communities moving on. Many of Norfolk’s churches are in very rural areas. Without interest, activity or a local community, we may have to cease using them.
The independent Church Buildings Commission team is compiling a report on the future sustainability of Anglican church buildings in Norfolk and Waveney so we can better utilise them today and in the future and it wants to hear from as wide a range of respondents as possible, including non-church goers and other Christian denominations.
Your view is important and you can click here to follow a link to the online survey to complete it by December 10.
Pictured above is St Michael's Gelderston, by Simon Knott.