Funding boost for five churches in Norfolk and Suffolk

A funding boost for repairs and conservation to six churches in Norfolk and Suffolk has been announced.

A total of £360,000 will help the Churches Conservation Trust carry out this vital work, which must be completed by March 31, 2021. It forms part of the Government’s £1.57 billion culture recovery fund, and the 18 CCT’s churches share a total of £1,345,049.

St Mary’s, Bungay

Two churches in Norfolk and three in Suffolk receive funding. The largest single grant of £164,678 is being made to St Mary’s, Bungay. Its 15th century tower needs “extensive, urgent masonry repairs” and also work to the ruins of the former Benedictine priory next to the church.

All Saints, Ellough, near Beccles, with its distinctive interior receives £15,640 and the round tower church of All Saints, South Elmham £8,740.

St Mary’s. East Bradenham

In Norfolk, urgent repairs to St Mary’s, East Bradenham, near Dereham, will include reinstatement of the lead covering to the south aisle roof.

Kate Roma, who is the CCT’s local community officer for Norfolk and Bungay, said that after consecutive lead thefts in 2014 and 2015, the grade I listed church desperately needed a new roof. For six years, the south aisle has been under temporary sheeting, she added.

In Norwich, St Augustine’s Church has been awarded £39,008 for high level repairs to the tower and other works.