Trust member visits 900 Norfolk Churches and walks 3,500 miles

An enthusiastic walker has just completed the remarkable challenge of visiting all 900 churches in Norfolk. Retired Aylsham accountant Graeme Johnston, who is a member of the Norfolk Churches Trust, covered more than 3,500 miles on his marathon tours of the county’s churches, including redundant ones and ruins. There were some challenges – for example, visiting the […]

Bishop’s helter-skelter sermon

A celebration of major repair projects at a Norfolk parish church included a surprise announcement by the Bishop of Lynn. The Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick told the 70-strong congregation at St Agnes, Cawston, that he would be preaching from the top of Norwich Cathedral’s helter skelter. He would deliver his sermon on Sunday, August 18 […]

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Record numbers join the Norfolk Churches Trust

A record number of members have joined the Norfolk Churches Trust, it was reported at the latest quarterly council meeting. Since March, a total of 43 new Friends of the Norfolk Churches Trust have joined – bringing the total to 564. There was also an increase of 21 parochial church councils becoming “Friends” in the […]

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 […]