£3.59m to repair ‘heritage risk’ churches

A 17-strong list of Norfolk churches have been placed on the official “heritage at risk” register.
The Norfolk Churches Trust has calculated that £3.59m is needed to repair and conserve these churches.
At the charity’s latest quarterly council meeting, it also identified 52 churches across the county needing urgent repairs costing £12.67 million.
The Round Tower Churches Society awarded a £3,000 grant to St Peter and Paul, Repps-cum-Bastwick, towards the cost of immediate repairs to prevent further damage to the flintwork.

The latest “heritage at risk” register lists these 17 churches and the cost of repairs:
Bracon Ash, St Nicholas £142,000
Burgh Castle, St Peter & Paul £293,000
Carbrooke, St Peter & Paul £200,000
Crostwight, All Saints, North Walsham £90,000
Deopham, St Andrew £413,000
Elsing, St Mary £154,000
Little Cressingham, St Andrew £203,000
Little Massingham, St Andrew £102,000
North Tuddenham, St Mary’s £296,000
North Lopham, St Nicholas £300,000
Outwell, St Clement £250,000
Repps-cum-Bastwick, St Peter & Paul £162,000
Sporle, St Mary £90,000
Thompson, St Martin £240,000
Thurning, St Andrew £210,000
Tilney, All Saints £199,000
West Walton, St Mary £250,000
Total £3,594,000

Norfolk Churches Trust has already awarded grants to many on this list including Little Cressingham £10,000; North Tuddenham (£15,000),West Walton (£9,000) and Outwell (£8,000) and Deopham (£7,000).
Last year, the Norfolk Churches Trust gave grants of £182,000 to churches in 48 parishes and at the latest council meeting, a further £74,000 was awarded to 15 churches.
The Round Tower Churches Society has now given a total of more than £30,000 to churches in 2019 – including the latest £8,000 grants to St Mary’s, Surlingham and Repps cum Bastwick.