Rural Norfolk church wins national church award

24 October 2022

A medieval Anglican church in a tiny hamlet in rural Norfolk has won a national award.  The PCC and volunteers at All Saints church in Wilby are celebrating after they won an award, following a vote by Friends of the NCT, at the National Churches Trust Award ceremony.

Each year the National Churches Trust helps hundreds of churches, chapels and meeting houses to stay open and keep churches at the heart of local communities.

All Saints Church in Wilby is the smallest of seven parishes in the Quidenham group in rural Norfolk. Wilby has a population of less than 50 people, and yet the church continues to provide services to the local and wider community. The medieval church building was overlooked by the Victorians and therefore its Jacobean interior is virtually complete, including the three decker pulpit in its original position amongst the pews.

However, the architecturally significant chancel roof is unstable due to batten sickness, which has caused water to enter the building. Additional funding would enable the church to be watertight, allowing the church to continue serving the community. The winners of the NCT Friends’ Vote award receive an additional grant of £10,000 to add to their previous grant award.

David Midgley is the Churchwarden there:

“As a beneficiary of NCT grants, we have already been blessed with valued support for urgent maintenance, surveys, and major repairs, and winning another award brings us even closer to our funding target.”

Sarah Crossland from the National Churches Trust says:

“All Saints church offers a peaceful and calm atmosphere, tucked away in rural Norfolk. It’s in a unique position with its quiet, rustic charm and unspoilt interior. We are so pleased to offer them an additional grant to support this beautiful church”

The award was made by Hugh Dennis, comedian, actor and presenter at the 2022 National Church Awards at a ceremony held before a specially invited audience of church and heritage lovers on Monday 24 October at the historic Mercers’ Company Livery Hall in the City of London.

The National Church Awards, run by The National Churches Trust, celebrate churches and the people who use and look after them.



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