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 […]

Major repairs at Herringfleet marked by special service

Repairs have been completed and a service of re-dedication taken by Bishop Alan of Thetford has been held in St Margaret’s church, Herringfleet. The structures of the nave and porch have both been extensively repaired and both roofs re-thatched. The Norfolk Churches Trust gave a grant of £8,000 towards the total cost. And the Round Tower […]

Lead thieves strike Breckland church twice in 24 hours

Thieves have taken lead from the aisle roof of an 11th century church in west Norfolk. St Mary’s Church, Beachamwell, near Swaffham, was the target of thieves twice in 24 hours, according to Norfolk police reports. The theft of large areas of lead was discovered on Wednesday, May 29 – and it is likely that they […]

Lady Dannatt to be new Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk

Congratulations to our president’s wife Lady Dannatt who has been appointed Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk by The Queen on the retirement of Sir Richard Jewson in early August. Her husband, General the Lord Dannatt is the president of the Norfolk Churches Trust. Philippa Dannatt will be the first woman in Norfolk to become the Queen’s official representative in […]