The Norfolk Churches Trust ‘House by the Church’ event has now become an annual institution. And so it was that on 12 May, 375 members of the Norfolk Churches Trust and their friends were granted the privilege of visiting 23 houses and 4 gardens in West Norfolk not open to the public. The houses were of all types, from Elizabethan Halls, elegant Georgian mansions, unexpected Merchants’ houses in Kings Lynn to Victorian solidity . All of them with something to say about the ages in which, and the people for whom, they were built. The owners of the houses were all on hand to show us round and tell us about the buildings or the gardens and answer innumerable questions from their visitors, some of whom had come from out of the county, even as far away as Shropshire. The Trust had also tried to ensure that the churches adjacent to the houses were open as well.
The Norfolk Churches Trust is profoundly grateful to the owners for so generously allowing such access. It was enormously appreciated, not just by the Trust but by all who took part. It was a wonderful day out in good weather, and to crown it all, we made nearly £24,000, a welcome boost to our funds. We can help a lot of churches with that kind of money.
The Development Stage of the HLF funded repair project for All Saints Snetterton has been completed and the application for funding for the Delivery Stage was submitted in December 2017. During the Development Stage further investigations were made on the condition of the church as well as reports on its historical development, archaeology and a bat survey. The resulting reports enabled the architect and structural surveyor to develop a plan for the repairs, as well as for us to learn more about the history of the church and its surroundings. We have a thriving population of bats living in All Saints who will determine the schedule for the repairs. We are going to arrange a Bat Discovery event when we can learn more about their life cycle – look out for publicity later in the year. As long as we are successful with the current application, we plan to start the repairs on the Tower in late spring as the bats do not appear to occupy this area of the church – the nave and chancel repairs will have to wait until Autumn/winter 2018. A Hard Hat day is planned when we hope lots of people will come to find out more about the processes involved in repairing a medieval church – look out for publicity. As part of the project we will be producing a church guidebook and a booklet on the local history of the church. If anyone would like to be involved with the project, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to announce that repairs to the nave, chancel and porch roofs, made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (GPOW) have been completed in May 2017. A new guide book is also available in the church, or through the Trust’s office. You can download a copy here.