Renovated church to be unveiled to public

Upwell St Peter's Church has had �200,000 of renovation work done
Upwell St Peter's Church has had �200,000 of renovation work done

St Peter’s Church at Upwell has undergone £200,000 of renovations, which will be unveiled to the public on Saturday.

The church has been covered in scaffold while work was carried out on the stonework and roof but the church will be open on Saturday for people to go and see what has been done.

The ‘gift day’, running from 10am to 4pm, will showcase the painstaking work carried out on the Grade I church by Cambridge stonemasons.

As much of the work has taken place high up on the historic building, Stuart de Prochnow, vice chair of the PCC and head of the fabric committee at the church, has compiled a photographic exhibition to show in detail the restoration work.

The church received a grant of £156,000 under the English Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund, back in early 2011.

Upwell was in need of masonry repairs to the chancel, nave, aisles and parvis along with lead work to some parts of the roof and guttering. The Georgian valley gutters had cracked and were letting water into the church.

Work was delayed while the church PCC waited for other grants to come through and also for the rules to change on whether they could reclaim their VAT. Otherwise the church would have needed to have found around £18,000, a sum difficult to raise.