Norfolk church needs £100,000 for repairs following two lead thefts

Baconsthorpe church fundraiser. Picture: Pat Cubitt

Baconsthorpe church fundraiser. Picture: Pat Cubitt - Credit: Archant

A fundraising auction is being held at a Norfolk church that was twice targeted by lead thieves last year.

Repairs to St Mary's church, Baconsthorpe, near Holt, will cost more than £100,000.

Spokesman Corinne Youngs said: 'Although the robbers were caught and are now in prison no money was recovered to mend the roof.

'We are having a fundraising auction on July 6 in the church. All the lots can be viewed in advance at www.raisingtheroof.auction . The doors will open at 6pm with bidding commencing at 7pm.

'Entry tickets are £5 to include drinks and canapés. The lots are varied, ranging from a hot-air balloon ride to tea with Norman Lamb MP in the House of Commons.

St Mary's was targeted shortly after parishioners spent two years raising £120,000 to carry out restoration work, and it put the church in danger of closing after 800 years.