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.
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 floorJanet 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.
For tickets send a SAE to Mike Ager, Hidcote Lodge, Mill Road, Redlingfield, IP23 7QU, call 01379 678835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheques payable to ‘Redlingfield Parish Meeting’.
For more see www.redlingfield.suffolk.gov.uk