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Bressingham church celebrates end of four-year restoration project




Bressingham, Norfolk. Group of villagers celebrating restoration completion of St John the Baptist church in Bressingham. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography (1972755)
Bressingham, Norfolk. Group of villagers celebrating restoration completion of St John the Baptist church in Bressingham. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography (1972755)

Villagers are marking the end of a four-year project to restore their Grade I-listed church with a series of special events.

The project to restore St John The Baptist Church in Bressingham began in 2013 following an inspection which showed it needed “drastic and immediate help” to safeguard the building.

Churchwarden Diana Burroughes first contacted the parish council, which then led to a successful fundraising campaign.

The campaign raised more than £300,000, including more than £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £3,000 from the Norfolk Churches Trust and £1,000 from the Bishop of Norwich’s fund.

Now, to mark the completion of the four-year project, a series of free events have been arranged between May 18 and May 20.

“The events include a talk on Friday by Matthew Champion, a renowned historian, archaeologist and medieval graffiti specialist,” said Mrs Burroughes.

“On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a flower festival culminating with a service in the church at 4pm on Sunday when the Bishop of Norwich, the Rev Graham James is coming for a service of thanksgiving.

“Wine and refreshments will be available and the events are all free to attend.”

Restoration work at the church has included new lead for the nave and south aisle of the church and an alarm system for the whole of the roof.

The louvres in the tower have been replaced, as has the bell cote on the end of the chancel.

New glass windows have been installed in the porch, which has also been replastered on the inside.

Other windows have been repaired and glass replaced, with flint work on the exterior repaired.

“We would all like to thank Diana, who has been the lynch pin throughout,” said fellow fundraiser Linda Holly.

For more information about the events, go online to www.bressinghamandfersfield.org



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