All Saints Cockthorpe

We are delighted to announce that repairs to the nave, chancel and porch roofs, made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (GPOW) have been completed in May 2017.  A new guide book is also available in the church, or through the Trust’s office.  You can download a copy here.

 Church Watch

A flyer is available for churches to display to draw attention to the recent spate of theft of lead from our churches. Please download it here and display it prominently.


Stately Car Boot Sale breaks all records – £85,000 raised!

We had a fantastic day at Sennowe, near Fakenham on Sunday 30th April. It was dry and mostly sunny as over 5,000 visitors came to look round 175 stalls. Everything from plates to kennels, from curtains to old police helmets, from tricycles to a vintage Fiat car were sold.

Philip Mould, from Fake & Fortune, opened the great day at 10.00 and the hordes poured in. As well as browsing, shopping and socialising people were bidding in the Silent Auction and stocking up from the wonderful variety of caterers.  Favourites included the duck wraps from The Duck and Feather, Fish finger sandwiches and delicious cake from a Sennowe Park resident

Up on the terrace, those in the VIP tent we’re enjoying being surrounded by jewellery from Humphrey Butler, furniture from Birdie Fortescue, garden things from George Carter and drinking wine kindly supplied by Adnams

With all these people, supported by generous sponsors, some kind donations and the proceeds from the Silent Auction and the raffle we cleared around £85,000.  Not just the best ever, but by quite a long way!

Many thanks to all who came and all who helped both before and on the day to make it such a success.  £85,000 will help a lot of churches!

Art Competition

For the first time this year we had an Art Competition  for Norfolk  Primary schools to draw or paint parts of their village churches, we had over 350 entries with some really wonderful artwork.   Bishop Graham very kindly helped in choosing the final winners and also came to view the pictures which were up in the Norfolk Churches Trust tent on the day.



The winners were:

First Prize – Francesca Tibble Yr 2 Gresham Village School, Jacob Babil Cleverly Yr  4 Little Snoring Primary School and Emily Goodson Yr 5 Hemblington Primary School

Second Prize – Ciaran Callaby  Yr 2    Weasenham Primary School, Charlie Harding Yr 4  Antingham and Southrepps Primary School and Kitty Robinson Yr 6 Glebe House School




Closure of HLF Grants for Places of Worship Scheme

Ian Lonsdale, Norfolk Churches Trust Chairman sent this message to Friends of the Trust on 24th April.  It concerns the imminent closure of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s dedicated grant programme for major repairs to listed places of worship.


 Newsletter – Spring 2017

You can read about all the events planned, and news about our churches in our latest newsletter here


Royal certificate for best Bike Ride fundraiser

A fabulous fundraiser has been royally recognised for her outstanding support of the Norfolk Churches Trust. Mary Truman received a signed Prince of Wales’s Certificate from Trust President, General The Lord Dannatt after raising £1868.75 for the charity as part of its sponsored Bike, Ride and Drive event. The annual event sees participants taking to their bikes or cars to visit as many of the county’s religious buildings as they can in a single day. Funds raised are split between the participant’s church of choice and the Trust’s general funds, with grants given to successful applicants for the repair, renovation and conservation of their buildings.

Over the past 32 years the Bike, Ride and Drive event has raised around £2.8m to help preserve the county’s religious heritage for generations to come. The certificate, which is signed by the Trust’s patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, was handed over to Mrs Truman during a special presentation at Somerleyton Hall.

Churches struggle to pay for repairs

In this video, featured on the Financial Times website, James Murray-Brown explores the difficulties we have in Norfolk to pay for the upkeep of our medieval churches

The film was made on the day of Nicholas Soames’ talk on Sir Winston Churchill which was held at St Mary and All Saints, Walsingham in September.