£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 […]

Wedding floral display draws visitors to Mid-Norfolk church

Visitors from as far afield as Lincolnshire travelled to the heart of Norfolk to see wedding flowers by an international designer. Lewis Miller came over from the United States with colleagues from Sixth Avenue, New York to transform St Mary the Virgin’s Church at Beeston next Mileham. He arranged the flowers for the wedding of […]

New heritage conservation group launched in Norfolk

A new heritage conservation group has been formally launched in Norfolk.  And two leading Norwich architects, who have led a number of major church restoration projects, are helping to lead the group. The SPAB Norfolk group is open to all those interested in practical conservation techniques and caring for historic buildings. At the first annual meeting, […]

Top Conservation award for Bike Ride Organiser

Congratulations to Charlie Inglis – the event co-ordinator of the Trust’s annual Bike Ride. His committee are already planning the next Bike Ride on Saturday, September 14. But he has just landed Norfolk’s top conservation award, the Ian MacNicol Memorial Trophy, for creating a profitable wildlife haven on the family farm near Holt. Awarded by Norfolk Farming […]

Warm welcome for latest House by the Church event

Supporters of the latest Norfolk Churches Trust’s fund-raiser flocked to the “House by the Church” event. A total of 21 houses and three gardens were opened specifically to the trust’s members and their guests in north Norfolk. The feedback from both hosts and members has been tremendous, said Canon Mair McFadyen, who chairs the organising […]