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Lead thieves strike four west Norfolk churches in the last fortnight.

Four churches in west Norfolk have been targeted by lead thieves in the past two weeks. St Edmunds, Downham Market, lost an estimated £30,000 of lead from the south aisle. Thieves struck in the early hours of Wednesday, February 12. But three further churches have either lost lead or attempts have been made in the […]

Bike Ride total will help almost 300 churches almost £94k raised

Bike Riders have helped to raise almost £94,000 for churches in Norfolk. The final amount raised by supporters of the Norfolk Churches Trust’s annual fund-raising event topped 2018 by £2,190 to a total of £93,685.27. A delighted organiser Charlie Inglis said that even more fund-raisers took part in last September’s event. The number rose from […]

Rapid response for pitches at Norfolk’s Stately Car Boot Sale

Applications for pitches at Norfolk’s 2020 Stately Car Boot Sale were returned within minutes. As emails were sent out for the Norfolk Churches Trust’s fund-raising event on Sunday, May 24, a dozen pitches were booked almost by return, said organiser Patrick Lines. Norfolk’s Stately Car Boot Sale, which has become immensely popular, returns to Sennowe […]

Sell-out success for April’s training area church tour.

A sell-out success. All seats for April’s tour of the Stanford training area and its churches have been sold. Organiser Scilla Landale said that demand for the visit on April 17 has been tremendous and every place on the 53-seater coach has been sold. There’s a waiting list and it is quite long, she added. […]

Landmark church and spire in mid-Norfolk gets major lottery funding

A major restoration of a Mid-Norfolk landmark church spire will be starting later this spring. The church of St Mary the Virgin at Beeston-next-Mileham has been awarded £230,300 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for major repairs. The grade 1-listed church with its twin-coloured octagonal Victorian spire was a welcome landmark for American aircrew returning […]

Lottery boost for north Norfolk round tower church

Plans to turn a round-towered church in north Norfolk into a community hub can now go-ahead, thanks to a 140,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. All Saints in Gresham dates back 1,000 years and the money will widen the use and enjoyment of the buildings and facilities to create an active community hub and […]

Bike Ride tops £90,000 with more to come.

Fundraisers for the Norfolk Churches Trust have already given more than £90,000 as donations are still arriving. Organisers are confident that last year’s total of £91,495.77 will be beaten, said trustee Charlie Inglis, as more than £2,500 was received in the second week of December to boost the overall total. There has been a tremendous […]

Sales success for churches book and special offer to members

A special offer for members has boosted sales of Norwich author Peter Tolhurst’s latest book. Sales of Brilliant Beacons – Portraits of East Anglian Churches have soared, and it could by out of print by early spring, he said. Members can obtain a copy of the 188-page book for £25, post paid – saving 16% […]

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 […]