A West Norfolk parish church has received an early Christmas present this morning after it was awarded a £15,000 grant for vital repairs.
The money from the National Churches Trust will be used to make the Grade one listed St Mary’s the Virgin church in Sedgeford watertight and warm.
The site, parts of which date back to the 13th century, is one of nearly 30 churches across the UK which is receiving a share of nearly £400,000 of funding from the trust.
Officials hope the work will encourage more people to use the building.
Broadcaster Huw Edwards, who is the trust’s vice-president, said: “I’m delighted that this Christmas the future of St Mary the Virgin, Sedgeford is being safeguarded by a National Churches Trust grant.
“This funding will help ensure that this beautiful Norfolk church continues to serve local people for many years to come.
“At the heart of the nation’s history and at the centre of local communities, churches and chapels are some of the UK’s best loved local buildings. But their future is not guaranteed. “
“So this Christmas, when people visit a church for a carol service or even just walk past a church on the way to do the Christmas shopping, I urge them to think about how they can help ensure that churches remain open and good repair for future generations.
“Churches and chapels may be historic buildings, but they can be part of our future, too.”