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Report highlights 17 churches on Norfolk ‘heritage at risk’ register

A 17-strong list of Norfolk churches have been placed on the official “heritage at risk” register. The Norfolk Churches Trust has calculated that £3.59m is needed to repair and conserve these churches. At the charity’s latest quarterly council meeting, it also identified 52 churches across the county needing urgent repairs costing  £12.67 million. Many on […]

Grants to carry out urgent repairs at 15 churches have been made by the Norfolk Churches Trust.

The Trustees have awarded a total of £74,000 including three grants of £10,000 each to churches at Blickling, near Aylsham; Little Cressingham, near Swaffham and Beeston-next-Mileham, near Dereham. The trust has highlighted the estimated £12.7m needed for repairs at more than 50 churches across the county at its latest quarterly meeting. The grant to St […]

£12m needed for repairs to medieval churches in Norfolk

Almost 50 Norfolk medieval churches need more than £12m in urgent repairs, a leading heritage conservation charity has warned. The Norfolk Churches Trust has placed 52 churches on its “anxiety” list, which require immediate action to prevent the potential loss of priceless heritage. Many of these churches could be seriously damaged or even lost unless […]

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Sharp rise in thefts and vandalism at churches

A moonlight raid on an East Anglian round tower church caused a total of £28,000 of damage. While thieves stole metal worth a few pounds, it left the tiny congregation of a remote rural church near Southwold with a massive bill. A national survey by the Churches Conservation Trust, has highlighted an alarming increase in […]

Special book offer for members

An exclusive money-saving offer on an inspiring book about East Anglian churches is available from a Norwich publisher. Author and Norfolk Churches Trust member Peter Tolhurst is offering a special discount on his newly-published book, Brilliant Beacons – Portraits of East Anglian Churches. Members can obtain a copy of the hardback 188-page book for £25, […]

Norwich diocese initiative offers solutions for small parishes

Dozens of churches in the diocese of Norwich are serving very small populations, delegates were told at the Faith and Place conference last week. Matthew McDade, of the Norwich Diocesan Churches Trust, said that a new approach had been launched in 2015. The trust was designed to offer a practical means of helping to remove […]

New approaches needed to help stewards of rural churches

A new funding approach to support and care for isolated rural churches will be needed, delegates at Norwich Cathedral were told. Trevor Cooper, chairman of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance, said that about 1,400 churches were in parishes with populations of less than 200 people. It was almost as if the population of the City […]

Lobby to support national funding for isolated rural churches

  Remote and isolated rural churches urgently need support, said the Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Rev Dr John Inge. The challenge to support hundreds if not thousands of churches in thinly-populated parishes must be recognised by central government, he said. In an upbeat speech, he said that many churches were currently in a much […]

Trust hosts national conference for first time in 43 years

For the first time in its 43-year history, the Norfolk Churches Trust arranged and hosted a national conference of sister heritage charities. The 100-strong gathering at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry included representatives from at least 15 county trusts across the country from Cornwall to Nottingham. One delegate from the United States, Christopher Munoz, of the United […]