Wood Norton church gets funding for repairs
A Norfolk village is celebrating today after more than £200,000 has been awarded to enable essential repairs and improvements to take place to its 14th century church.
All Saints Church, in Wood Norton, near Fakenham, has been granted £193,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £15,000 from North Norfolk District Council’s Big Society Fund. The funding comes after two years of hard work and planning from the church’s parochial church council.
The money will pay for re-tiling of the chancel, nave and vestry roofs, repairing the parapets and east chancel and east nave gables, re-leading the east chancel window, overhauling the south nave and south chancel rainwater goods, and carrying out repairs to the tower.
Other works to be carried out include upgrading of the heating system, installation of a kitchen, toilets and a new video projection system and sound system, to help the church accommodate the hard of hearing.
The money will also help the church to develop as a community hub, as it will feature a permanent exhibition on the village’s history, including information about people from Wood Norton who served in the First World War.
The church is renowned for its six perpendicular windows of its nave, which have been architecturally unspoilt by 19th century conservation work as well as its unusual tower with honeycomb-style windows. Much of the church is in its original condition, and the restoration work will be carefully designed to fit in with original style of the church.
The church will host part of Wood Norton’s new Up the Garden Path horticultural festival, on July 3, which will raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, and will also look to hold concerts, talks and various other community events.
The repair and restoration work is due to begin in September and should take 20 weeks to complete.
A further £15,000 is needed. To donate, call 01362 680148 or e mail email@example.com.
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