The 'Friends of Forncett St. Mary Church' are celebrating a successful bid for English Heritage/Heritage Lottery funding. The Church will receive an initial £18,000 for project development works and reports, and a 2nd stage grant of £148,000 for repairs and renovation work, a total of £166,000. This should complete the remaining renovation, including replacement of Nave and Vestry windows, flint repairs, drainage and guttering.
In addition, All Churches Trust have awarded a grant of £650 towards renovation, and Norfolk Community Foundation have given a grant of £1893 to purchase new chairs. Friends Chairman Graham Prior has praised the support of the Friends group, and the work already done by a dedicated band of volunteers, which has helped to secure the funding.
A local organ restorer is investigating the possibility of installing an organ in St. Mary's. One made by Norwich organ makers Norman & Beard, similar to the original in the church, has become available and may fit. There are grants for this work. It may also be possible to install a bell in St. Mary's, again subject to grant funding.
Fund-raising events will continue in 2013. On 12th May an event for car enthusiasts, an Autojumble, will be held at Forncett Steam Museum, proceeds being split between the museum and the church. 15th June sees a welcome return for East Anglia's hottest jazz band Dixie Mix, giving a toe tapping performance in St. Mary's, and on 20th July senior valuers Roy Murphy and Andrew Bullock from Keys Auction Rooms will hold a Valuation Day, so bring along your treasures.
The church is open every day from 10a.m.-3p.m.
Any enquiries to May and Graham Prior on 01508 481856