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Special cake marks 50th anniversary of Norfolk Church Tours

A special cake was cut to mark the golden jubilee of Norfolk Church Tours. It was 50 years ago when Mid-Norfolk farmer Richard Butler-Stoney and a group of like-minded enthusiasts started the first tours. And over the past half century, hundreds of churches across the county have been visited as the full summer programme of […]

Grants worth £33,000 awarded to nine churches

Almost £33,000 of grants has been made by the conservation charity, the Norfolk Churches Trust at the latest quarterly meeting. Two round tower churches will receive £14,000. An award of £10,000 has been made for urgent repairs to the tower of St Peter & St Paul, Tuttington, near Aylsham, as the church needs to spend […]

Legacy boosts Trust’s grants to churches

Churches in Norfolk have been left generous legacies worth more than £93,000 by a west Norfolk resident. And the Norfolk Churches Trust has received £15,000 from the estate of Miss Kathy Brookes, who was also a member, it was announced by the treasurer David Missen at the latest quarterly meeting. She also left two legacies, […]

Norfolk Church Tours – Golden Jubilee 2019

A golden jubilee of church tours in Norfolk will be celebrated on Sunday, July 21. The 50th anniversary of Norfolk Church Tours starts at Gressenhall, near Dereham, at 2.30pm when ‘Lyn Stilgoe, Richard Barham and Michael Pollitt will talk about the exterior and interiors. The tours, which are free, started in 1969 when Mid-Norfolk farmer […]

Going Batty at churches during the school holidays!

A first-hand opportunity to see bats in churches across Norfolk starts near Norwich on Friday, July 19. And two churches will be taking part in the annual “Bats Nights” events for the first time later this month at Bawburgh, near Norwich, and also at Calthorpe, near Aylsham. Philip Parker, of the Norfolk Bats in Churches […]

Norfolk church misses out on top award for conservation

A major project to restore West Lexham’s round tower certainly impressed the judges of one of the country’s top conservation awards. The Norfolk entry was one of four finalists in the 2019 Sir John Betjeman Award. The award judges for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings announced the result at the charity’s annual […]

Icon exhibition success at Norfolk’s ‘skyline’ church

A stream of visitors attended a special exhibition at Corpusty’s “landmark church on the hill.” The eight-day display of more than 20 icons by local artist Judith James attracted many visitors to St Peter’s Church, which stands on the skyline on the Holt road. “There was a steady stream of visitors, sometimes six to eight […]

£20,000 raised by the “House by the Church” event in May

A special evening has been held to thank supporters for helping to raise more than £20,000 for the Norfolk Churches Trust. Peter Sheppard, chairman, invited hosts of The House by the Church event, which was held in May, to a reception and drinks party at Wolterton Hall. Around 40 guests attended including sponsors and others […]

Striking images at Norfolk’s landmark church on the hill

A colourful backdrop of icons set the stage for the annual patronal service at St Peter’s Church, Corpusty. It was even more appropriate that as dawn broke on Petertide the sun was streaming through the restored east window, said the vicar of Saxthorpe, the Rev David Longe.  He welcomed 30 members of the congregration to Evensong […]

National success for Norfolk Bike Ride champion

  Double congratulations to the Norfolk Bike Ride champion Charlie Inglis for winning a coveted national award. His family’s north Norfolk farm has now won the country’s supreme conservation award, the Silver Lapwing Trophy. It was presented to his father-in-law Robin Carver and his wife, Rose (pictured), by the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group for […]