Repair grant for Suffolk round tower church

A boost for a Suffolk round tower church has been announced.

All Saints, South Elmham, has received £8,740 from the Churches Conservation Trust.

It will enable structural investigations to be carried out and also repairs to masonry to stabilise the ancient building, said a spokesman.

The national conservation charity was awarded £360,000 to fund repairs and work on two churches in Norfolk and three in Suffolk, including South Elmham, which must be spent by March 31, 2121.

This formed part of the Government’s £1.57 billion culture recovery fund and the CCT’s share for its 18 churches was £1,345,049.

St Mary’s, Bungay, has been given £164,678 for “extensive, urgent masonry repairs to the 15th century tower and also for work on the ruins of the former Benedictine priory next to the church. All Saints, Ellough, near Beccles, receives £15,640.

In Norfolk, urgent repairs to St Mary’s, East Bradenham, near Dereham, will include reinstatement of the lead covering to the south aisle roof. Kate Roma, who is the CCT’s local community officer for Norfolk and Bungay, said that after consecutive lead thefts in 2014 and 2015, the grade I listed church desperately needed a new roof. For six years, the south aisle has been under temporary sheeting, she added.

In Norwich, St Augustine’s Church has been awarded £39,008 for high level repairs to the tower and other works.