Dear Friends,

As we begin the month of May, we enter the final phase of our Heritage Lottery (HLF) funded project which completes on June 30th. There is still a lot to do for the Friends committee, hopefully including some extra repair work on the Church. A patch of damp has appeared on the north wall and our architect has advised that some work on the adjacent buttress is needed. The HLF has kindly agreed to release money from our unused contingency fund to cover the cost of these repairs. The question now is whether we will be able to get the work completed in time to claim it! We will do our best, but failing that the work will have to be funded as a separate project.

On Friday the 27th May, we have another lecture planned. Dr Simon Cotton is travelling from Stourbridge in the West Midlands to give a talk titled, “Building the Mediaeval Church – the building and its furnishings’. Dr Cotton is a Norfolk native and has spent many years researching Norfolk Churches using Mediaeval wills as a source of information. He will also discuss our beautiful seven sacrament font. The talk is at 7pm in the Church and will be followed by complimentary refreshments as usual. It promises to be fascinating!

Our plans for June include a classical music concert to be held one lunchtime, with a sandwich lunch provided. We also anticipate a talk about our hedgerows by a speaker from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, however these two dates have yet to be confirmed. I’ll be in touch again as soon as they are. Watch this space!

Best wishes,

Helen Hunter

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