A package of grants worth £6,500 to three churches was agreed by the Society’s committee in May. As the funding requests arrived before the postponed annual meeting on May 2, 2020 the committee accepted the recommendations of the grants’ officer Nick Wiggin.
It was decided to give St Edmund’s Church, Acle, £3,000 towards the costs of thatching. This is the same amount also made by the Norfolk Churches Trust.
Recognising the difficulties faced by churches and parishes in raising funds as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was felt that more generous grants would help to get pressing repairs and work carried out.
St Andrew, Great Ryburgh, near Fakenham, has been awarded £1,000 towards window restoration.
St Andrew, Wickmere, near Aylsham – the front cover of the June Round Tower magazine – receives £2,500 to carry out repairs to the east window.
It was agreed that half these proceeds would be funded by the generous legacy left to the Society by Stan Barnes.
In March, £6,000 was awarded to St Mary, Haddiscoe, which is pictured above (£1,000 for re-fixing lead); St Peter, Theberton (£1,000 towards thatching repairs) and £4,000 for St Peter, Merton.