Gates project will make ‘fitting entrance’ to Swaffham church

St Peter and St Paul Church Swaffham and the gates and railings which are set to be replaced.
(This View looking from the far end of the church grounds towards town centre) ANL-160903-140031009
St Peter and St Paul Church Swaffham and the gates and railings which are set to be replaced. (This View looking from the far end of the church grounds towards town centre) ANL-160903-140031009

A new £16,000 set of gates will provide a fitting entrance point for Swaffham’s parish church, community leaders say.

Members of the St Peter and St Paul church’s parochial church council have formally teamed up with the town council and a local charity to fund the work in Church Walk.

Officials say they plan to appoint contractors to complete the project as soon as possible.

And vicar, the Rev Tim Lawes, said the work is the final element of a two year project to enhance the churchyard.

He said: “The aim is to provide a less cluttered and a more dignified and fitting approach to our magnificent church for all those wishing to use and visit the church building.”

The project is intended to replace the original church gates, which were turned into railings in the 1960s ahead of the development of what is now the Iceland store.

Mayor Anne Thorp said: “This will be a wonderful project that will transform the entrance to our beautiful church through Church Walk.

“This is part of our heritage and it is something that will stand the test of time and be there for future generations to enjoy. I am very proud that we have made this decision to go ahead during my time as Mayor.”

Town clerk Richard Bishop added: “This project shows how much Swaffham values its historic buildings.

“It consistently demonstrates great pride in its aesthetical heritage and it places the church at the very heart of everything the town stands for.”