Major repairs at Herringfleet marked by special service

Repairs have been completed and a service of re-dedication taken by Bishop Alan of Thetford has been held in St Margaret’s church, Herringfleet.

The structures of the nave and porch have both been extensively repaired and both roofs re-thatched. The Norfolk Churches Trust gave a grant of £8,000 towards the total cost. And the Round Tower Churches Society also contributed £4,000 for the repairs.

A new drainage system has been installed and the chancel re-rendered. When the rendering on the nave was removed, it was decided not to replace it but have the flint wall re-pointed.

Since this did not come under the scope of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant, it was funded with the help of the RTCS grant.

Inside the church has been rewired, with smart new ceiling spotlights and some “old style” wall lamps, and blissful under pew heating fitted.

One of the panels of stained glass on the east window has been repaired and re-installed within the grant funding, and another panel will be refurbished with their own funds.

The inside plaster has been re-done and the walls gleaming white making the church so much brighter and enhancing the colours of the windows.

The service was held on Wednesday, June 12.