£20,000 raised by the “House by the Church” event in May

A special evening has been held to thank supporters for helping to raise more than £20,000 for the Norfolk Churches Trust.

Peter Sheppard, chairman, invited hosts of The House by the Church event, which was held in May, to a reception and drinks party at Wolterton Hall. Around 40 guests attended including sponsors and others who were involved in staging the event in May.

From left, Col and Mrs Tony Powell, Ian Lonsdale, Philip and Canon Mair McFadyen.

The House by the Church event made a total of £20,020. It comfortably exceeded the provisional figure of £16,000, which had been estimated by Canon Mair McFadyen, who chairs the organising committee.

“It was an opportunity to thank so many supporters who helped to make the event such a success,” she added. And to mark the occasion, small tokens of appreciation were given – a special “House by the Church” mug by Emma Bridgewater and Matthew Rice and a NCT tea towel.

A presentation was also made by Mr Sheppard to Sarah, Lady Leicester, for her help in staging and promoting the latest event.

“We’re very grateful to Peter Sheppard and Keith Day for hosting the evening, said Canon McFadyen.

From left, Han Yang Yap, Rosabelle Batt, and Desmond MacCarthy.

Among the guests were Col Tony Powell, who has led many tours of the churches around the Stanta military training area, and also Lucie Molkova, of the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust, who opened the Oulton Chapel, and her colleague Monica Parker.

A total of 21 houses and three gardens were opened specifically for the fund-raising event to the trust’s members and their guests in north Norfolk, which are not normally open to visitors.

A number of visitors to The House by the Church event have subsequently become members of the Norfolk Churches Trust.

Individual membership cost £30 pa – details are on the Trust website