A fine spread of tasty treats has helped to bring vital repairs of a 50-year-old problem at Swaffham’s Methodist Church a step closer.
A cake sale, which was held at the church on Saturday, raised £850 for the ongoing appeal to raise tens of thousands of pounds to repair the parapet of the London Street building. It is also hoped there may be a further donation following the event.
Church treasurer Muriel Bean said there had been a long-standing leak problem at the church and concern had first been raised about the condition of a gulley behind the parapet around 50 years ago.
However, when the issue was investigated, the problem was found to be more serious, and much more expensive to repair, than had been thought.
Miss Bean said it had been estimated that the repair would cost around £160,000 to complete. About £20,000 is still needed.
Separate work will be needed to replace the tiles on the church roof, and a separate fundraising campaign will be set up in the future.
Miss Bean said church member Dorothy Ellis had come up with the idea for the sale and distributed £250 worth of items before the day.
Further fundraising events are being planned, including a Ploughman’s lunch on the spring bank holiday weekend next month.