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£200,000 project to restore Norfolk church tower completed

Welborne church tower has been restored thanks to a lottery grant. Pictures: Supplied by Linda Groom

Welborne church tower has been restored thanks to a lottery grant. Pictures: Supplied by Linda Groom

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A £200,000 project to repair a Norfolk church tower has been completed.

Welborne church before the restoration. Picture: Ian BurtWelborne church before the restoration. Picture: Ian Burt

The crumbling All Saints' Church in Welborne in mid-Norfolk received a grant of £168,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2017.

They also received £27,500 grants in total from Norfolk Churches' Trust, All Churches' Trust, Round Tower Churches' Society, the Garfield Weston Centre

and Wolfson Foundation.

Linda Groom, a member of the parochial church council, said: “Repair work began in late September 2017 and we have been able to completely replace the tower roof and restore and replace the weather vane.

“We have also repaired the tower walls, church wall buttresses, and installed a toilet in the bottom of the tower, added a kitchenette, and improved the lighting and sound system.”

She said that money was also available to research church and village heritage and pay for expert-led training sessions for people to learn about repairing old buildings.

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