Church Restoration

During the past 22 years the parish residents and congregation have raised in excess of £130,000 to keep the church building in good repair. Some of the major tasks that have been tackled are listed here:

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Cost

1986
Cracks in the tower stitched and the whole
tower repointed;  £25,370

Entire ridge to Nave roof replaced following
storm damage; £7221,

1989
Railings at main gate replaced following collision
by motor car; £ 540

1990
Exterior walls of entire church building
repointed;  £15,821

1991
East window removed and restored and
replaced; £ 18,213

1995
Organ taken apart and overhauled; £ 13,000

2001
Church rewired and new Quartz Halogen
heating system fitted; £ 18,559

2003
Interior walls of church restored and redecorated
with lime wash; £ 11,237
Audio system installed with radio microphone
and loop system; £ 1,978

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2004
Slates stripped & re-fixed on section of nave roof after
storm damage; £ 1,579
Tree surgery works carried out – lifting, dead-wooding etc
of 37 trees; £ 1,236

2006
Cleaning and restoration of gold leaf interior; £ 19,133

2008
Gates and Railing grit blasted and repainted £; 2,291
Bell frame and its support beams grit blasted and repainted; £ 3,936

Recently in November 2014, there have been significant repairs
to the organ. This has included renewing connections to some
of the pipes and hopefully stopping the ciphering.

Acknowledgements

It is clear that the maintenance and up keep of an historic building
has needed a lot of time, effort and expertise from our
churchwardens. We are very grateful to them for their work and
dedication.
We are also grateful to those who have helped with the funding
for these tasks. Many organisations have supplied grants or
helped individual projects, They include : English Heritage,
Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, Historic Churches Preservation
Trust, Norfolk Churches Trust, Round Tower Churches Society,
Listed Places of Worship grant scheme, Your Heritage Lottery
Fund, Locality Funding Allowance, John Jarrold Trust, Barbara
Watmore Trust, Garfield Weston Trust, The Moncrieff Charitable
Trust, The Clothworkers Foundation, and The Lound Good
Companions.
Not only do we wish to thank organisations but we also need to
express our gratitude for the many donations made by individuals.
Significant amounts of money have been given and gifts, legacies
and bequests have supplied many things that enhance the use
and appearance of the church. To name a few of these:-
candlesticks, organ stops, hymn books, useful items of furniture
vestments, and the delightful woodwork produced by S.O.L.D.
 

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