Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 12th September

The Norfolk Churches Trust Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th September at St Margaret’s Church Fleggburgh at 5.30pm.

St Margaret’s is on the A1064 Acle-Caister Road at Burgh St Margaret.

More details will be available nearer the time.

All Saints Snetterton

The Development Stage of the HLF funded repair project for All Saints Snetterton has been completed and the application for funding for the Delivery Stage was submitted in December 2017.  During the Development Stage further investigations were made on the condition of the church as well as reports on its historical development, archaeology and a bat survey.  The resulting reports enabled the architect and structural surveyor to develop a plan for the repairs, as well as for us to learn more about the history of the church and its surroundings. We have a thriving population of bats living in All Saints who will determine the schedule for the repairs. We are going to arrange a Bat Discovery event when we can learn more about their life cycle – look out for publicity later in the year.  As long as we are successful with the current application, we plan to start the repairs on the Tower in late spring as the bats do not appear to occupy this area of the church – the nave and chancel repairs will have to wait until Autumn/winter 2018.   A Hard Hat day is planned when we hope lots of people will come to find out more about the processes involved in repairing a medieval church – look out for publicity.   As part of the project we will be producing a church guidebook and a booklet on the local history of the church.  If anyone would like to be involved with the project, please email:


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.

The magnificent Silent Auction raised £37,446.00. Lots included a drawing by Antony Gormley UNDER MY SKIN II, 2012, donated by the artist, pictured left, and the 3ft “Garden Tool Gate” designed by Chelsea gold medallist garden designer George Carter, pictured right.

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


 Newsletter – Spring 2017

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


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.