Culture recovery fund saves Tunstall

Published on: 17 August 2021

I am pleased to say that our church, St Peter and St Paul, Tunstall, Norfolk, has received a financial boost from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to fund roof repairs during the coronavirus pandemic

We were awarded nearly £24,000 for essential re-roofing work which will stop water penetration and more harm to the interior – especially erosion of the interior walls and plasterwork. The grant arrived at a crucial point because, if left much longer, damage to our much-loved church would have been beyond repair.

The grants of up to £25,000 were awarded to cherished heritage sites, like St Peter and St Paul, across the country to cover urgently needed maintenance and repairs.

St Peter and St Paul’s church is a listed building which dates from the early 14th century and continues to hold a valued place in our community. While the tower and nave have been a picturesque ruin for some 300 years, the chancel and vestry – the area to benefit from the repair and restoration work – have remained in constant use for services, latterly on traditional dates in the rural calendar and for occasional weddings and baptisms. Relatives of generations of local people buried in the graveyard (which is maintained by Halvergate PCC), plus regular walkers and those travelling the Weavers’ Way make for a steady stream of visitors to this landmark site.

I was absolutely delighted to receive this funding from the Culture Recovery Fund. It makes possible the work needed, using a local contractor, to preserve the church – a place of worship held dear in the community and a place of history attracting many to it from far and wide. We are able also now to consider additional uses of the building and further extend its reach.

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