Win for Norfolk Churches at the English Heritage Angel Awards
St Mary's Church in West Somerton won the "Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship" category. The church has recently been through a restoration project costing £180,000. The Medieval building is known for it's 14th century wall paintings and is visited by around 3000 people.
Coming a very close second in the same category was St Mary's church Fishley which also went through major restoration work costing £110,000. Spearheading the project was churchwarden Ivan Barnard who started the transformation himself one morning simply by mending the church gates.
The Diocese of Norwich has also been awarded a Certificate of Recognition for the time, effort and determination involved in the rescue of St Mary the Virgin West Tofts.
Speaking of the awards, the Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich said "These prestigious awards recognise the amazing energy and imagination of the volunteers who make our historic churches so welcoming and well cared for. Both West Somerton and Fishley are fine examples of rural churches transformed in recent years by the dedication and hard work of their churchwardens and other supporters. These churches are great witnesses to God's presence in our world. So too are the people who worship in them, so deservedly recognised by these awards."
You can see a full list of winners of the awards at the English Heritage Angel Awards website.