December 9 2013 Latest news:
By sophie wyllie
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Unseen maps from the 1700s belonging to Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole were the highlight of a church fundraising weekend.
The hand-drawn documents of the old Crostwight Estate dating back between 1714 and 1725 were on display as part of the Honing Village Memories and Country Crafts weekend at St Peter and St Paul Church, Honing, today and yesterday.
Other attractions at the event for the Honing church and Crostwight church, which raised more than £2,600, included teddy bear parachuting from the tower, a Shire horse, birds of prey, vintage tractors and cars and other historical items.
The Rev Barry Furness said: “We have had a really good turnout. It has been the best year for numbers of people. If we raise the funds that is wonderful but if people enjoy themselves that is important.”
Money is needed to re-roof both St Peter and St Paul Church and Crostwight church, which date back to 1300s and 1200s respectively.
Crostwight church has a thatched roof and inside the building are Medieval paintings. It is estimated that the work on both churches would cost £150,000.
Mr Furness said it was hoped a kitchen and toilets could be built at Honinig church, which currently does not have those facilities. That work would cost about £200,000.
He added: “We want to have more community events in the village. We have lost our shop and pub and the church remains an important thing to keep. The people in the village really do appreciate their church.”
If you want to help fundraise call Mr Furness on 01692 536812.