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Urgent call for repairs to medieval churches in Honing and Crostwight

18:57 22 October 2012

The Rev Barry Furness and chairman of church fundraising committee Prof Cedric Cullingford, are hoping to raise enough money for a new thatched roof at Crostwight church. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The Rev Barry Furness and chairman of church fundraising committee Prof Cedric Cullingford, are hoping to raise enough money for a new thatched roof at Crostwight church. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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A combined parish of just 250 people is facing the daunting task of raising £300,000 for essential repairs to two medieval churches.

An unusual series of medieval paintings depicting the seven deadly sins could be lost from the walls of All Saints Church at Crostwight near North Walsham unless £150,000 can be found to re thatch the leaky roof, re-render the walls and repair the exterior flint work, windows and lime plaster, which has become loose close to the paintings.

Honing Church needs the same amount for urgent work, including repairs to the already leaking roof and some re plastering.

Rector the Rev Barry Furness said: “We are blessed in Norfolk to have the largest collection of medieval churches in the UK. Churches like Crostwight and Honing are typical examples of these beautiful churches which have to be preserved for future generations. If repairs are not carried out buildings can deteriorate to the point where they are lost.”

Crostwight church was built in the 1200s. Some of its medieval wall paintings have already been lost but the surviving works show the tree of life, Adam and Eve and Satan with a cauldron full of flames. The church is built without foundations and the stone floor is laid straight on to the earth, meaning the building suffers from damp.

The roof at Honing church has already leaked causing damage to the interior. Temporary repairs have been made to see it through the winter.

Fundraisers have already collected £28,000 towards the two projects and are hopeful they will be able to secure larger grants once they have raised a third of the total needed.

A craft and gift fair, in aid of the church fabric fund, will take place at Honing Village Hall on December 1 at 11am. A new committee member is also being sought to organise the fundraising summer open gardens event.

Contact Mr Furness on 01692 536812 for details. Donations can be sent to the Rectory, The Street, Honing or text SMALL77 and the amount you wish to donate, up to £10, to 70070.

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  • The church is a largest landowner (albeit stolen from the people, years ago), lost £830 million during black Monday in the 80's, lost about £400 million this recession, and still they are begging for money. The church must be one of the biggest tax avoidance scams going. How about the council government forcing them to repair their own buildings. If they can loose this sort of money, they can afford to repair their buildings.

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