Urgent roof repair funding for Kessingland church
A project to carry out essential urgent repairs on St. Edmund's Church in Kessingland can now go ahead following the award of a £168,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The grant follows a funding application made with the support of the local community, including Waveney M.P. Peter Aldous, Kessingland Parish Council, the village C of E Primary Academy and a diversity of village businesses and community voluntary groups. The project is expected to cost around £220,000 in total, with over £37,000 of this amount already raised by local residents and supporters.
The Grade 1 listed church has a fine flint flushwork tower, which has been a landmark for seafarers since it was built in the mid fifteenth century and has many mementoes of the fishing heritage of the village. However, the seventeenth century thatched roof is in a dilapidated state and with additional water damage to the buttresses the church was officially declared 'at risk' and in danger of closure.
The project also includes the creation of a new heritage area in the church and, with the involvement of Kessingland C of E Primary Academy, new guides to the church and village. In addition, the churchyard will be made more wildlife-friendly and extra church-centred social activities will be developed for the village community. This project will enhance the attractiveness of the church and village to visitors to this small coastal holiday resort.
Revd Mandy Bishop, Rector of Kessingland Benefice, which is part of the Diocese of Norwich, said, “We are delighted to receive this funding. It validates the huge local support and effort that has gone into securing the long-term future of this vital building for our community. St Edmund’s Parish Church seeks to serve its community from cradle to grave and has, in the past two years, seen a substantial growth in numbers and people wanting to assist us serve our community. Besides providing services of worship, we regularly stage community outreach events and supports local groups who use the church centre.
“Now, thanks to all donors and fundraisers, including the National Lottery, the project will restore St Edmund’s roof so that the building can continue to serve its community through the twenty first century. We give our heartfelt thanks to the National Lottery players everywhere and our wonderful community who have made this possible. Together we have done it!”
For more information, visit the Benefice website .
Photo courtesy of Kessingland Benefice.
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