Royal seal for roof appeal

AN appeal to replace the roof of a West Norfolk church has been given the royal seal of approval.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles has consented to become the patron of the roof appeal of St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Walpole St Peter.

The Prince of Wales has long described the church as one of his favourites and this latest gesture has solidified his connection with the historic building.

A spokesperson from the church said: “Over the years, HRH The Prince of Wales has paid several visits to the church and we are most grateful that he continues to demonstrate his interest in the future of this beautiful church and its wellbeing for generations to come.”

In addition to putting his name to the appeal, a “generous” donation has been pledged from the Prince’s Charities Foundation.

However, even with the donation, a grant from English Heritage and the various fundraising events that have been going on, the church still needs to find about £45,000 over the next year.

The chancel roof was last replaced 200 years ago and has already lasted some 30 longer than expected. Within the next few years, extensive work will also need to be carried out on the North Aisle Roof of the church.

To help with the appeal, an Advent concert is happening at the church on Saturday, November 26, starting at 7.30pm.

The candle-lit concert will be a celebration of music by composers such as Purcell, Bach, Handel and Haydn. It will feature singers Gavin Cranmer Moralee and Abigail Sudbury and musicians Oliver Hancock who is the organist at Ely Cathedral and cellist Nicola Porter-Thaw.

Tickets are £12 for adults, £10 for senior citizens and £5 for children, including refreshments. They are available from Marion Sudbury on 01945-780701 or by email marionsudbury@aol.com