Craft festival will raise funds for historic Necton church

PUBLISHED: 06:19 26 April 2014

All Saints Church in Nection is looking to hold a summer festival to help keep the church open - Francesca Shearcroft outside the church. Picture: Matthew Usher.

All Saints Church in Nection is looking to hold a summer festival to help keep the church open - Francesca Shearcroft outside the church. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A festival will be held to help raise funds towards the upkeep of a historic church.

The running costs of All Saints Church in Necton, near Swaffham, come in at £55,000 alone. The team which looks after the church, which dates between the 14th and 19th centuries, also has to find funds to cover maintenance bills and clergy salaries.

No financial assistance is received from the government and the church, which has a carved oak and chestnut hammer-beam roof, is considered to be a vital asset to the village.

To help the fundraising effort, a summer festival will be held at the church over the May Bank Holiday. The three-day Crafty Look at Life festival will include craft displays and workshops, first aid demonstrations, children’s activities and cream teas.

Francesca Shearcroft, one of the festival co-ordinators, said: “The government doesn’t provide any churches with financial assistance and we have to provide it all ourselves. People in villages want their historic buildings preserved and we need to keep them in a good state of repair. We have got a fantastic roof, which we really do like, and a congregation of about 80.

“It is quite an effort to maintain it on our own.

“Lots of work needs doing, the windows need re-doing, the heating probably won’t last much longer and we want to be able to invite people into our church.”

The Necton summer festival will start on May 3 and run over three days, from 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and to 4pm on the Sunday and Monday.

Mrs Shearcroft said: “We’ve all got talents and this festival will give people a chance to try some crafts they have never come across before.”

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