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.


Stately Car Boot Sale

The Stately Car Boot Sale is taking place at Sennowe Park Guist NR20 5PB on Sunday 30th April, from 10am- 4pm.  If you would like more information please contact the organisers Tel : 07771 655 637

You can see more pictures of the 2014 event here


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.

 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.

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.