Saturday, 4 March 2017

Need to re-thatch Old Buckenham Church

Replacing the thatch at All Saints
The roof seen from the top of the tower in 2014
The Parish Church of All Saints, Old Buckenham, has a feature shared with only a few other churches in Norfolk – it is still thatched. This is both a joy to see and a costly liability. It is over 30 years since the roof was last re-thatched and it is seriously in need of a total replacement. If this is not done it will not be too long before there is water entry into the wooden ceiling and potentially catastrophic damage to the interior of the church.
The process of thatching a building such as All Saints requires the skill and artistry only available in a few hands these days. The Parochial Church Council will be looking to raise the funds to procure the services of a master thatcher, who can make the church fit for the next 30 (and hopefully a good many more) years.
What is realised is that this opportunity does not come around often and, as part of securing grant funding, the whole process of doing the required work is something that the whole community of Old Buckenham can be part of – from the youngest members of the schools to the most senior of residents. Events are being planned in which the history of the church building and the artistry of thatching can be experienced by everyone. The village will be looking for a group of people who can work together to bring ideas to reality – people with an interest in the heritage of the village, lovers of traditional crafts, or just people good at planning with a few hours to spare.
If you think you can help in any way then please get in touch with Alison Hannah direct on 01953 861261. The first meeting to discuss the project will be held in the Church Rooms in early April. Please watch out for news of the date in the April village newsletter or on this blog.

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