Stone cross tops off changes for Norwich church
A new stone cross now sits atop Christ Church, Eaton, near Norwich and new chairs, carpets, curtains and flooring adorn the interior, providing visible signs of £52,575 worth of work done in time for the wedding season.
An architect’s inspection in 2008 identified £135,000 to £160,000 worth of work needing doing on the church by 2013. Some of this was completed in 2010, along with improvements to the children’s and choir rooms, but the pinnacle cross was damaged by freezing weather in 2010.
Builders replaced it in the process of recementing the flint West face of the church and repairing and upgrading the roof and rainwater goods.
Thanks to £2000 of recent donations given for the purpose, in addition to a £40,000 legacy received from the late Eileen Back’s estate last year, the church could also afford to renew the interior in accord with the wishes of Eileen and her family.
The Vicar of Christ Church, the Rev Dr Patrick Richmond
, said: “I’m so grateful to all those who have made these repairs and improvements possible. The roof and guttering were improved in time for a torrential spring and summer, while the renewed chairs, carpets and curtains help us provide an inspiring welcome to those who come for weddings and other services.”
Dr Richmond explained that Christ Church had 21 weddings booked for 2012, so it was important the church looked its best. The 2008 architect’s inspection had also found that the West Windows of the church needed far-reaching repairs, with the main West window alone expected to cost £26,000, but the church has now spent all its reserves for major repairs and improvements. The church council is planning fundraising for the windows as well as to provide facilities for the disabled and community events.
Anybody who would like to help with funding improvements and repairs to the church should contact the Parishes Office, 41 Church Lane, Norwich, NR4 6NW, call 01603 473646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org