Open Parks and Gardens

Open Parks and Gardens – a Big Thank You.

With the Chelsea Flower show postponed until September this year, the Norfolk Churches Trust held its very first Open Parks and Gardens event on Saturday 22nd May, to fill that void. Although the weather was more wellies and woollies than sundresses and boaters, at least the rain stayed away. Hundreds attend the Open Parks and […]

Record fund-raising boosts latest grants to a dozen Norfolk churches

An urgent rescue project to prevent the loss of 14th century wall paintings was among the latest grants made by the Norfolk Churches Trust.  All Saints, Crostwight, near North Walsham, was awarded £10,000 to stabilise the walls of the remote church. At the Trust’s Spring meeting, a total of £67,000 was given to a dozen churches […]

Former English Heritage chief’s new lottery role

A former chief executive of English Heritage, Dr Simon Thurley, has been appointed to head the National Lottery Heritage Fund. His appointment as chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund was made by Downing Street on February 25. Dr Thurley, who lives in King’s Lynn, will serve a three-year […]

Trust welcomes extension to VAT tax ‘concession’ for further year

An extension to a VAT tax “concession” until March 2022 has been warmly welcomed by Norfolk Churches Trust. There have been growing fears that the 20-year VAT relief under the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme would end on March 31. Peter Sheppard, chairman of the Norfolk Churches Trust, said that the one-year extension was […]

Warm welcome for £500,000 Covid emergency grants to 28 Norfolk churches

Emergency repair grants of more than half a million pounds have been awarded to 28 churches in Norfolk. Eight Suffolk churches will receive £110,190 from Historic England’s Covid-19 emergency heritage at risk response fund. The 28 Norfolk churches will share £513,000, which will enable repairs, conservation and investigative surveys to be carried out as soon […]

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 […]