Great Bircham churchgoers plant seeds of new improvement project

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A £250,000 overhaul of the fabric of St Mary’s church in Great Bircham, including restoring a medieval stained-glass window, has just been finished but fundraising efforts are continuing.

A plant fair was held at the church on Saturday, which organisers hope will raise more than the £1500 yielded last year.

Vicar, Rev Peter Cook, pictured above with a potted geranium which was one of the prizes at the event, said: “Our next project will probably be to raise money to enable us to install toilet facilities and improve our kitchen.”

The renovations including weather-proofing the roof, repairing the drainage system and restoring the lead work on leaking windows.

Rev Cook said: “We’ve had a general overhaul of the fabric of the church.”

All the flowers and vegetables on display at the Fayre were raised from seeds or cuttings by members of the church.

In addition there were raffles, a treasure hunt tree, cake stall and refreshments.

“I’m grateful for the efforts of all our helpers,” said Rev Cook.

“They work incredibly hard for the church and the village. It’s important work to enable us to keep the church for future generations.”