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Two Norfolk churches share in £473k grants boost 

Two historic Norfolk churches are to share in a £473,700 funding package from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church building support charity.

A £20,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help fund urgent repair work to All Saints’, Wilby and keep the church at the heart of the local community. The church also receives a £10,000 Wolfson Fabric Repair Grant from the Wolfson Foundation, on the recommendation of the National Churches Trust.

A £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help fund urgent work to St Michael’s church, Sutton and keep the church at the heart of the local community.

David Midgley, the churchwarden who is overseeing the restoration project on behalf of the Parochial Church Council, at Wilby said: “These very exciting awards mean the church can increase its mission to the parishioners and the wider community. Once the fabric of this tranquil and unique church is secured, then we can focus on developing facilities which will allow our restful, rural church to play a greater role in supporting local groups, as well as strengthening ties to city-based churches.”

Sheila Garry, who is overseeing the restoration project on behalf of the church in Sutton, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant from the National Churches Trust. We are very grateful for this tremendous boost to our funds, which will enable us to bring forward the start on building work to greatly improve the facilities which St. Michael’s church will be able to offer the parish and the wider community.”

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: “I’m delighted that the historic church of All Saints’ in Wilby is being helped with a £20,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant and a £10,000 Wolfson Fabric Repair Grant. The grants will facilitate repairs to chancel roof, stonework and mortar, safeguarding unique local heritage and help All Saints’ continue to support local people.”

Speaking about St Michaels, he said: “I’m delighted that St Michael, Sutton is being helped with a £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant. The grant will help fund the installation of a much-needed kitchen and toilet, safeguarding unique local heritage and help St Michael continue to support local people.”

A total of 47 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK. £155,700 of the £473,000 grant funding has been provided by the Wolfson Foundation.

In 2021 the National Churches Trust has awarded or recommended 273 grants totalling £3.67 million to help keep church buildings open and in good repair. The total includes £2 million from the Heritage Stimulus Fund, part of the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. 

Pictured above is St Michael's Sutton. Picture by Diocese of Norwich.

 

Keith Morris, 01/01/2022

Keith Morris
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