Community spirit at West Norfolk church clean-up event
Residents of a West Norfolk village have joined together in support of their parish church with a clean-up of the “wonderful” churchyard.
More than 20 people spent hours clearing the exterior of the All Saints Church in North Runcton of leaves and broken branches on Saturday morning in the hope of making the yard’s maintenance easier in the future.
Churchwarden Ken Matthews said this is the third year the church has held a clean-up event like this, which is not just to the benefit of the church itself.
He said: “It was an opportunity for members of the community to get together and have some refreshments and have a chat.”
He said some of those who helped were from the 19th King’s Lynn Scouts and the 1st North Runcton Guides, who had also helped by clearing the area around the graves.
He added: “That’s a big help to us. It’s a wonderful churchyard, it’s so peaceful here.”
Community involvement is important to All Saints, which is currently fundraising for two restoration projects.
The first project hopes to develop the church so more “community-type” events can be held there.
Mr Matthews said they hope to raise about £40,000 for a water supply, toilets and a kitchenette, to allow them to host events such as coffee mornings and concerts.
The second project is for a new roof for the church, which it is estimated will cost about £180,000.
Mr Matthews said they will need to break that cost down into smaller chunks in order to restore the worst part of the roof first.
While they have raised around £18,000 towards the projects through donations and fundraising events such as yard sales, a flower festival and a ‘sponsor a tile’ scheme, they still have a way to go to reach their goal and are looking at various funds and grants for which they meet the criteria.
Mr Matthews said the church, which is unique as it is only one of two built in the Georgian style in Norfolk, has important local connections, having been designed by architect Henry Bell who also designed Lynn’s Custom House.
If you would like to donate to the projects at All Saints, contact Mr Matthews on 01553 842265.