Church service celebrates restoration project

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Repairs to St Margaret’s Church, Herringfleet, have been completed and a service of re-dedication taken by Bishop Alan of Thetford has been held in the church.

The structures of the nave and porch of St Margaret’s Church, near Lowestoft, have both been quite extensively repaired and both roofs re-thatched.

The society made a grant of £4,000 towards the total cost of the repairs. A new drainage system has been installed and the chancel re-rendered. When the rendering on the nave was removed, it was decided not to replace it but have the flint wall re-pointed.

Since this did not come under the scope of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant, it was funded with the help of the RTCS grant.

Inside the church has been rewired, with smart new ceiling spotlights and some “old style” wall lamps, and blissful under pew heating fitted. One of the panels of stained glass on the east window has been repaired and re-installed within the grant funding, and another panel will be refurbished with their own funds.

The inside plaster has been re-done and the walls gleaming white making the church so much brighter and enhancing the colours of the windows.

Grants’ officer Nick Wiggin and the membership secretary Teresa Wiggin attended the service, which was held on Wednesday, June 12, and the celebrations afterwards.
Herringfleet, St Margaret