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Fundraising Open Day for impressive S Lopham church  

On Saturday, May 13 the Friends of South Lopham Church will host an open day welcoming visitors to the impressive South Norfolk Norman church that the poet Sir John Betjeman once described as ‘worth going a long way to see’.

St Andrew’s Church, Lopham has been described as 'the grandest piece of Norman architecture in the county, next to the great cathedral in Norwich', while the quintessentially English poet, the late Sir John Betjeman wrote that the church was ‘worth going a long way to see'.

The Friends of South Lopham Church hope that you will agree with them, as they host an Open Day of the church on Saturday, May 13, 10am – 4pm.

The massive central tower, recognised as Norfolk's finest Norman parish church tower, rises to a height of over twenty metres. The earliest parts of the building are Saxon, dating from the period between the years 1000 and 1066.

The interior of the church is spacious and gloriously light, the clear glass windows flooding the building with light on a sunny day.

Mrs Marion Crisp of the Friends of South Lopham Church said: “Do come and see how much goes on behind the scenes in support and maintenance of our church, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and maybe even a trip up the tower.

“The Friends would like to show their appreciation of all the work that local people do to support and maintain our church. There will be lots to see.”

The Friends of South Lopham are currently raising money to refurbish three of the church windows which have been identified by an architect as in urgent need of repair. They have applied for grants and have some funds available but still need to raise more.

Marion said: “We hope you will come and see us on Saturday, May 13 and that you may feel able to make a donation to this necessary work as well. We look forward to seeing you there.” 

St Andrew's Church, 3 Church Lane, North Lopham, Diss IP22 2LP

Photo credit: The photo was taken by Bob Jones on Geograph and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

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