Two events planned at Geldeston to raise funds for restoration

Enthusiastic fundraisers for St Michael and All Angels, Geldeston, have planned two events including a guided tour of the round tower church.

Two gardens will be open on Sunday afternoon, May 22, 2022 from 1.30pm between 5.30pm. Tickets cost £5 each, children free, with proceeds for the Geldeston church restoration appeal.

The gardens at 76 and 78, The Street, Geldeston NR34 0LN, include herbaceous and mixed borders, kitchen garden and wildflower meadow, orchard and views over the Waveney Valley marshland.

Teas and a sale of plants also available.

There is also an opportunity to visit the church, which is a Norfolk churchyard conservation site too.

On Monday, June 27 between 5pm and 8pm, there will be guided tours of the church. Booking is essential because numbers in each group will be limited. Light refreshments also available.

To book your place, email: Tidingsmag@gmail.com  

The Round Tower Churches Society awarded Geldeston £5,000 in April towards the repair and conservation costs, which total around £60,000.

The church needs urgent roof repairs to the nave and chancel. In addition, the tower roof and parapet need repairs and slates have fallen from nave and chancel.

Extensive work to windows and glasses are a further priority, which will cost about £25,000. The north transept window was in a particular bad state, said specialist glazier Terry Devlin, of Devlin Plummer Stained Glass, of Great Moulton, near Norwich.

New rainwater goods, pointing and rendering of several sections of the walls including the tower are needed. In addition, the glazing, estimated at £21,760, including re-leading of several windows with severe buckling, is needed.