Plea to Chancellor to continue long-running VAT scheme

This article, by Michael Pollitt was published in the EDP on 1st January: A 20-year tax “concession” to help meet repair costs of places of worship could be lost from next April, a leading Norfolk church conservation charity has warned.  Norfolk Churches Trust is urging the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to continue the successful VAT relief scheme (the Listed […]

Norwich’s medieval ‘skyline church’ restored with help from the Trust

A city centre medieval church has been given a new lease of life in a £300,000 restoration project. St John de Sepulchre, in Ber Street, which is a prominent church on Norwich skyline, was on the official “Heritage at Risk” register. The major repairs, including rebuilding of the vestry, have helped to prevent imminent collapse […]

Glorious window glows again – thanks to grant

A glorious window at Great Ryburgh, near Fakenham, was restored with help from the Norfolk Churches Trust. It awarded £1,000 earlier this year towards the total cost of about £6,700 and it was completed for a dedication service on Remembrance Sunday, November 8. However, the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to the service inside St Andrew’s […]

Royal Mail’s stamp of approval for Norfolk church

A Norfolk church is the stamp of choice for hundreds of millions of Christmas cards. As the annual rush to post an estimated 900 million cards starts in earnest, the round tower church of St Andrew’s, East Lexham, was chosen for the Royal Mail’s second class Christmas stamp. The Nativity scene from the east window […]

Latest grants boosts Trust’s help for churches to top £100,000

Eight churches across the county will share £25,500 in the latest grants from the Norfolk Churches Trust. It brings the total grants awarded by the trust this year to more than £102,000, which will benefit 36 churches and places of worship. The record fund-raising from the annual September Bike Ride – now approaching £170,000 – […]

 Good routine maintenance saves major repairs!  A stitch in time, saves nine…

Today is the start of The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)’s National Maintenance Week,  culminating in National Gutters Day next Friday. The annual National Maintenance Week campaign acts as a timely reminder for people who look after churches of the importance of regular checks of the building.  In doing so, minor […]

Bike Ride tops £150,000 with record fund raising

Norfolk’s Big Bike Ride has soared past £150,000 – breaking a 37-year record for fund-raising. With more funds still arriving, the Norfolk Churches Trust has already smashed the all-time record set of £139,564 set in 2008. Organiser Charlie Inglis, of Hempstead, near Holt, has been amazed by the support for the trust, which aims to […]

Bike Ride smashes 37-year record raising £140,000

It’s smashed a 37-year record – as the Norfolk Bike Ride tops £140,000. And more funds are still coming in to boost the Norfolk Churches Trust’s latest fund-raising success story. Organiser Charlie Inglis said that a “staggering £140,000” has already been raised – the highest figure since it was first held in 1983. The previous […]

Peddars Way walk raises £8800 for Little Massingham church.

Last month Rosemary Jewers walked the Roman Road, Peddars Way from Colchester to Holme-next-the-Sea to raise money for roof repairs to St Andrew’s Little Massingham – a church the trust has supported over the years, particularly since repeated lead theft.   Rosemary left Colchester on Tuesday 22nd September at 10am, and arrived in North Norfolk […]

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 […]