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Joy as church restoration is completed in time for Christmas celebrations 

George Ryan
28th November 2017

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Restoration work has now been completed at St Margaret's church, Fleggburgh. Picture: Nick Butcher



Parishioners are celebrating as work to restore a village church has been completed

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John Clarke at St Margaret's Church, Fleggburgh. The historic landmark has undergone a major renovation project. Picture: Nick Butcher



A restoration project last over a year has taken place at St Margaret’s in Fleggburgh, near Great Yarmouth, bringing the Grade II* listed church back to its former glory

The total cost of the work was £240,000, with a grant of £190,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and smaller grants from nine other trusts and foundations including Norfolk Churches Trust and Geoffrey Watling

The head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the East of England, Robyn Llewellyn, said the church has a unique history and has played an important role in village life for centuries

She added: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we were pleased to support this project which will secure a bright future for the church – and its thatched roof – and enable people of all ages to explore its history”

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Restoration work has now been completed at St Margaret's church, Fleggburgh. Picture: Nick Butcher



The building, which dates from medieval times, is one of only 53 completely thatched churches left in the county
Its roof has now been completely rethatched thanks to work carried out by thatcher Mick Alfred using Norfolk reed
Other works included installing drainage and soakaways around the outside perimeter of church, repairs to the parapets, gables and buttresses including major works on east nave wall and buttress on north wall tower

A new dormer window was installed, the internal walls rerendered and painted and a new set of church gates put up

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Restoration work has now been completed at St Margaret's church, Fleggburgh. Picture: Nick Butcher



John Clarke, who is a member of the church council and project leader thanked those who carried out the work on the church

He added: “My family has had a long association with Fleggburgh church and I hope the heritage activities we are planning will encourage more families to visit our church”

Some of the village heritage activities include the formation of a bell ringing team, the compilation of a historic guide to the church and a local school production of a children’s guide to the church

There is an exhibition of the building works inside the church and an exhibition of a school project on thatching

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Restoration work has now been completed at St Margaret's church, Fleggburgh. Picture: Nick Butcher



An official reopening of the church and dedication service will be conducted by the Bishop of Thetford on Sunday, December 10 at 10.30am
 
this article originally appeared on the Yarmouth Mercury website