Open gardens and live music will help church struck by roof raiders

St Mary's Church in Northrepps. Picture: GOOGLE STREETVIEW

St Mary's Church in Northrepps. Picture: GOOGLE STREETVIEW - Credit: Archant

A village church is planning two events to raise money after lead was stolen from its roof last year.

Twelve gardens around Northrepps - including one with a gypsy caravan and another with a steam railway - will open over the May 26-27 weekend in aid of St Mary's church. There will also be art and craft stalls and refreshments available at the village hall, cost is £5 per person, but no dogs are allowed in the gardens.

A live music night is planned for June 16 at the village hall featuring a raffle and a performance by the band Top Banana.

Tickets are £5, available from Dave Burns by calling 07831 394346.

The village church was hit by roof raiders in April last year.

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The cost to fix the damage was estimated at more than £27,000, but the insurance company would only cover £7,500 because the church lacked an alarm, although one was due to be fitted the week after the raiders struck.

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