A medieval Anglican church in a small hamlet in rural Norfolk has won a national award. PCC and volunteers at All Saints Church in Wilby celebrate after winning an award, following a vote by Friends of the NCT, at the National Churches Trust Awards 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 the seven parishes of the Quidenham group in rural Norfolk. Wilby has a population of less than 50 people, yet the church continues to provide services to the local and wider community. The medieval church building was neglected by the Victorians and as a result its Jacobean interior is virtually complete, including the three-storey pulpit in its original position among the pews.
However, the architecturally significant chancel roof is unstable due to batten disease, which has caused water to enter the building. Additional funding would allow the church to be waterproof, allowing the church to continue to serve the community. Winners of the NCT Friends’ Vote award receive an additional grant of £10,000 to be added to their previous grant.
David Midgley is the warden:
“As a recipient of NCT grants, we have already received valuable support for urgent maintenance, surveys and major repairs, and winning another award brings us even closer to our fundraising goal.”
Sarah Crossland of the National Churches Trust says:
“All Saints Church offers a peaceful and calm atmosphere, nestled in rural Norfolk. It is in a unique position with its calm, rustic charm and preserved interior. We are delighted to offer them an additional grant to support this beautiful church.”
The award was presented 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 in the Historic ‘Mercers’ Company Livery Hall in the City of London. .
The National Church Awards, organized by the National Churches Trust, celebrate churches and the people who use and care for them.