Outwell church appeals to MP for help

M.P. Elizabeth Truss Talking to Church Leaders. St Clements Church Outwell.'FLtoR Richard Waite. Elizabeth Truss M.P. Rector Paul Skillings .Janet Edgson. ANL-150825-190649009
M.P. Elizabeth Truss Talking to Church Leaders. St Clements Church Outwell.'FLtoR Richard Waite. Elizabeth Truss M.P. Rector Paul Skillings .Janet Edgson. ANL-150825-190649009

People who are hoping to preserve a medieval church and its unique roof carvings have appealed to an MP to help with the fundraising campaign.

St Clement’s Church in Outwell needs an estimated £300,000 worth of work to repair its roof, along with conserving the 12 carvings.

The 15th century grotesques, demons and part-human figures were re-discovered in 2012 by historian Dr Clare Daunton.

But the rooftop figures have been attacked by deathwatch beetle and are in urgent need of restoration.

The church, which has sections dating back to the 13th century, will be submitting a grant funding bid to the Government later this year for much-needed funding and has approached MP and Minister for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss, for help. Ms Truss visited the church on Tuesday.

Church warden Janet Edgson said: “We really welcomed the visit of Ms Truss and hope she will be able to help to restore this beautiful medieval church which is an important part of community life and of the history of the village and wider area.”

The riverside church had earlier received a grant of £250,000 from English Heritage and the Lottery which was used to complete work on the roof tiles, along with removing some internal plaster work to try to resolve the damp problem.

But the roof timbers are in need of treatment along with the carvings, which are of national importance.

Along with submitting the application to the Government, the church will be approaching the Lottery again.

They are also hosting a number of fundraising events along with asking people to become Friends of the Church.

Chairman of the Friends group Kate Jackson said: “This is a huge project and we are grateful for the funds we have already been given. It would be wonderful if people could become Friends or help.”

If you would like to help go to: www.stclementsoutwell.org.uk