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Wonderful gift of £25,000 gets Bike Ride off to a flying start

An “out of the blue” donation of £25,000 has blown away Norfolk Bike Ride organiser Charlie Inglis. “This is the biggest single donation we’ve received by a country mile. It is fantastic news.  The Norfolk Churches Trust is incredibly grateful for this gift which will help to care for our precious church heritage,” he said. […]

Bike Ride supporters are worthy winners of Prince of Wales Certificates

Congratulations to two worthy winners of Prince of Wales Certificates for taking part in the 2019 Bike Ride. West Norfolk supporter William O’Brien was presented with his certificate by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham Usher, who is a vice patron of the Norfolk Churches Trust. Mr O’Brien was recognised for his efforts […]

Bike Ride already tops £100,000 for Norfolk Churches Trust . . . . with more donations in the pipeline

Norfolk’s Bike Ride has already raised £100,000 to help care for the county’s priceless heritage of churches and chapels. It has taken just a month to beat last year’s overall total of £94,000, said organiser and trustee Charlie Inglis. “We’ve already beaten the 2019 results, which itself beat the 2018 total,” he added. “This is […]

Save Tombland Trees

Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council plan to cut down two beautiful lime trees in Tombland, the historic public space outside Norwich Cathedral using funding from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund. The Cathedral Magdalen and St Augustine’s Forum are campaigning for them to reverse their decision in the light of Covid, to better direct […]

Bells sound again at Upper Sheringham

A £90,000 project to re-hang the bells at a north Norfolk church has been completed. The Norfolk Churches Trust contributed £1,000 towards a new bell frame for All Saints, Upper Sheringham. It has taken about two years from start to finish, said Sue Morton, who has led the project. The bells were returned to the […]

Repair work at Burnham Deepdale starts after Covid-19 delays

Hard hats arrived in earnest to start repairs to the south nave roof at Burnham Deepdale. Scaffolding went up in March, then was taken down and now has gone up again at St Mary’s Church. The £48,000 project, which includes installation of new rainwater goods, was halted by the March 23 Covid-19 lockdown. The Norfolk […]

Thatcher on target to finish re-thatching at Acle this month

A pre-decimal chocolate bar wrapper was found during the latest re-thatching of a Broadland church. Work started last month to re-thatch the north slope roof of St Edmund’s Church, Acle, which will cost about £40,000. The Norfolk Churches Trust gave a £3,000 grant in March towards the thatching target. The Round Tower Churches Society also […]

Trust awards £500,000 to fund church repairs in the past five years

Almost £500,000 in repair and conservation grants have been awarded to churches across Norfolk.  In the chairman’s report to the 44th annual meeting of the Norfolk Churches Trust, Peter Sheppard said that a further increase in membership had boosted funds. While £171,825 of grants had been made in the last year to 41 churches, the […]

Boost in membership helps fund vital work of Norfolk Churches Trust

An increase in membership will be reported at September’s annual meeting of the Norfolk Churches Trust. Membership has risen by 4pc to 1,541 in the year to March, reports the chairman Peter Sheppard. Since March 2019, a further 58 members have joined – up from 1,483. Income from membership last year of £41,185 was £4,030, […]