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Major community effort to repair Thurning church roof

The village of Thurning in North Norfolk are hosting a three day Flower Festival in September to raise funds to fix the roof of their historically interesting and much valued St Andrew’s Church.  

The community of Thurning, near Dereham, are organising a three day Flower Festival from September 22-24 to raise funds to repair the roof of their unique village church. 

St Andrew's Church in Thurning dates from 1300. It is a charming, small church with many interesting and unusual features giving an insight into how the villagers of Thurning worshipped in the past.
In 1823, the old chapel of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge was pulled down, and the old furnishings were brought to Thurning.  There is a three-decker pulpit and dark oak fittings including box pews, which used to have curtains between them, bearing the names of the local farms and households that used them, with others named for the servants of Thurning Hall, rectory servants and the rector's coachman. The church also has the original hat pegs dating back to the 1800s for the men’s caps.

In the churchyard there is a small flint stone building which has a stable 'house' built in 1844 for the horses of those attending a service.

Liz Austen from St Andrew’s Church said: “That is the history but the future of the church is what is relevant today. The small village of Thurning has the huge task of finding £70,000 which is only half of the sum needed.

“We are holding a three day flower festival, helped by the Holt Flower Club, in order to raise funds to go towards a very large impending bill to mend the church roof. We would love to receive your support on 22, 23 or 24 September between 10am-4pm.  Entry is free and there will be a tombola and cake stall and a treasure hunt”

The theme of the Flower Festival is ‘Months of the Year’ and spectacular flower arrangements are kindly being prepared by members of Holt Flower Club.

St Andrew's Church, Reepham Road, Thurning, NR20 5QX

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