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All Saints Church North Runcton targets upgrade for spring 2022 after two grants awarded



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Upgrade work on facilities at All Saints Church in North Runcton is hoped to get underway as scheduled next spring following two cash injections.

These latest grant awards take the project, which includes an accessible toilet and kitchenette, up to nearly three-quarters of the money required. If another grant application is successful, the figure will be boosted to 80 per cent of the total.

As previously reported in the Lynn News, North Runcton Parochial Church Council (PCC) was awarded a grant of £7,800 by Norfolk County Council from their Social Infrastructure Fund towards the capital cost involved in the installation.

All Saints Church North Runcton Nave & Chancel (53023763)
All Saints Church North Runcton Nave & Chancel (53023763)

Furthermore, the Beatrice Laing Fund has granted £2,000 towards the cost of the facilities project bringing the total raised so far to £45,000, 73 per cent of the estimated total cost.

The Beatrice Laing Trust was established in 1952 by Sir John Laing for the advancement of the evangelical Christian faith, at home and abroad and for the relief of poverty.

Churchwarden Ken Matthews confirmed: "The NCC Grant takes us to 71 per cent of the capital required.

"The Beatrice Laing Fund has granted £2,000 towards the cost of the facilities project bringing the total raised so far to £45,000, 73 per cent of the estimated total cost.

"If the second grant request is made in full, this will take the total raised to 80 per cent of the total required.

"Given the above and the outstanding percentage, the timing of the project start will mainly rest with the main contractor but it is anticipated that the work will be completed in spring 2022."

To allow the public to appreciate the improvements, the benefits and opportunities they will bring, an open morning will be held post-completion.

In a separate project, visitors will notice the weather vane, spirelet and half the spire are currently missing from the North Runcton church.

There are two grants awaiting a decision are from Historic England, the first to survey the render on tower, which was delaminating in places and the second, as a result of the first, to complete a structural survey on the tower and spire.

The outcome will be the removal of the weather vane and other fixtures and the need to re-render specific areas of the tower.

Mr Matthews continued: "This work will require a large grant from a large provider! The hunt starts at the end of the month."



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