North Runcton church shows MP its restoration project
North Runcton Parochial Church Council had the chance to show North West Norfolk's MP first hand the importance of his support.
Earlier this year, James Wild helped the PCC by lobbying Government to maintain the Listed Places of Worship VAT Reclaim Scheme. It helped to secure a one-year extension.
Churchwarden Ken Matthews outlined a current project for the installation of essential facilities to enable a much broader use of the Georgian-designed church. An important part of this is fundraising activities.
Church architect Ruth Blackman said that few of the problems identified during churches' five-year surveys are able to be fully repaired due to the high cost of restoration.
The programme of work needed to restore All Saints’ includes, in priority order, the tower and spire, the North roofs, the organ chamber roof and all the rainwater gear and drains.
Mr Wild was told the current approach to funding by the major grant suppliers favours larger churches where there is the opportunity for a greater benefit within the community. This makes it even more difficult for rural churches, such as All Saints’, to obtain grant support.
Mr Wild said: “With a wider programme of works to preserve rare churches like All Saints’, it has been helpful to review some of the challenges in accessing funding which I will take up with the ministers.”