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A chance to have your say on Norfolk churches  

A chance to have your say on Norfolk churches  

People across Norfolk and Waveney are being given the chance to have their say on the future of historic churches across the region following the setting up of a Church Buildings Commission team

At the beginning of 2022, the new team was set up to look at maintaining, managing and paying for the upkeep of Anglican church buildings in the Diocese of Norwich. The team, consisting of building and heritage experts as well as clergy and other church workers, are now several months into their work 
The chair of the commission is Laura McGillivray MBE, and the team will make recommendations of their findings in a report to the Bishop of Norwich and the Bishop’s Council of Trustees next year

At this stage, they are keen to hear views from the public. There will be five drop-in sessions across the Diocese of Norwich to give people an opportunity to get their views and comments heard by members of the team
There are over 600 Anglican churches in the Diocese of Norwich (the geographical area covering Norfolk and Waveney) and 95% of these are listed buildings

The dates and venues are:

September 6 at Great Yarmouth Minster, from 4pm-6.30pm
September 12 at King’s Lynn Minster, from 4pm-7pm
September 28 at St Cuthbert’s Church in Thetford, from 4pm-7pm
October 3 at St Peter’s Church Hall in Sheringham, from 4pm-7pm
October 4 at St Andrew’s Church in Eaton, Norwich from 4pm-7pm

Laura McGillivray said: 

“We have spent our time so far visiting parishes and benefices and hearing about the challenges that come with looking after these heritage assets. Over this time, we have also come across thriving communities in terms of worship and complimentary activities as well. We are working with PCCs and other church members to see how we can help them and reduce their costs. We have also been looking at experiences in other Dioceses as well as hearing evidence from a number of national and regional experts relevant to historic church buildings and their use”

The Archdeacon of Norfolk, the Venerable Steven Betts, is a member of the Church Buildings Commission team. Archdeacon Steven said:

“From tiny Saxon parish churches to the great Norwich Cathedral. Wherever you go in Norfolk – historic churches abound. Churches are more than just historically important buildings. These buildings are places of worship, celebration and reflection where families meet to mark important life events at baptisms, weddings and funerals. These are places of community that build cohesiveness

“All of the churches in the Diocese of Norwich are cared for by dedicated local volunteers.... Their time and commitment in enabling their local church to be open to visitors and for Sunday services is outstanding. We know that these buildings are so very important to everyone, whether or not you have a faith. You do not have to go to or belong to a church – you may have a keen interest in your local church building or Norfolk history as a whole. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you”

Eldred Willey, 16/08/2022

Reproduced from the Network Norfolk website. Used with permission.