Roof beam falls at Wiveton church
A roof beam has fallen from the roof of the chancel in St Mary's Church, Wiveton, causing the church to close until a structural survey has been completed.
The massive timber fell from the roof earlier this month during stormy weather. It landed on the altar and fell forward on to the communion rail, causing some damage to both. It is believed that death watch beetle could be to blame.
Church Warden James Woodhouse said "It's a terrible blow. We are hoping that we may be able to re-open the Nave so that our four services can continue to be held each month. Whatever the outcome , we must anticipate having to raise a huge sum to ensure that the whole roof is safe for the worshippers and the many visitors who come to enjoy and find peace and inspiration in this exquisite church."
For safety reasons the church will remain closed at least until a survey of the whole roof has been completed.
This story, with pictures, first appeared in the North Norfolk News.
The picture of St Mary’s church, above, is courtesy of http://www.norfolkchurches.co.uk
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