Still ‘much to do’ in bid to save at-risk Redlingfield church

2015 Heritage at Risk List. Redlingfield church. ANL-151021-153944005
2015 Heritage at Risk List. Redlingfield church. ANL-151021-153944005
  • Still ‘much to do’ in church bid despite near £72,000 government grant earlier this year
  • Parish clerk praises community for backing restoration plan
  • Fundraising swing dance set for Horham on November 14

A parish council clerk says there is still ‘much to do’ in a community’s bid to restore an Anglo-Saxon church which has stood for nearly a millennium.

The Diss Express reported last week how five more churches in our area — Denton, Bressingham, Kenninghall, Banham, and Redlingfield — had been placed on Historic England’s Heritage At Risk Register.
The Church of St Andrew, Redlingfield, which is described as being in a “very bad” condition on the register, received a boost earlier this year with an award of a £71,800 government grant.

2015 Heritage at Risk List. Redlingfield church. ANL-151021-153955005

2015 Heritage at Risk List. Redlingfield church. ANL-151021-153955005

But clerk to the parish council Janet Norman-Philips, who praised the community backing the project, said there was still “much to do” to restore the church.

“We are very lucky here in Redlingfield,” she said. “The whole community is behind this effort to save our church and make it more usable by adding toilets and a kitchen along with installing a heating system that works.

“But first we have to get the building fully wind and watertight. Eventually we also hope to restore the medieval paintings that were covered over a few year back for safekeeping.

“So we’ve got to raise a lot of money over the next few months to even begin to make this possible.”

We have been fortunate to have been given a £71,800 grant to help repair the roof and rainwater gutters but there is still a lot more to do. We have water coming in through the walls where the Tudor rendering is failing and damp seeping up through the floor

Janet Norman-Philips

“We have been fortunate to have been given a £71,800 grant to help repair the roof and rainwater gutters but there is still a lot more to do.

“We have water coming in through the walls where the Tudor rendering is failing and damp seeping up through the floor.”

She also thanked the Red Feather Club in Horham for hosting their next fundraising event, a 1940s/50s swing dance, set for November 14.

Proceeds from the tickets, priced at £8, will go towards repairing the church.

Redlingfield Church has been awarded a �71,800 grant. ''Pictured: Residents celebrating on the village green ANL-150204-083746009

Redlingfield Church has been awarded a �71,800 grant. ''Pictured: Residents celebrating on the village green ANL-150204-083746009

For tickets send a SAE to Mike Ager, Hidcote Lodge, Mill Road, Redlingfield, IP23 7QU, call 01379 678835 or email mike@gn.apc.org. Cheques payable to ‘Redlingfield Parish Meeting’.

For more see www.redlingfield.suffolk.gov.uk