Time capsules to be placed in Norfolk church roof

BARNINGHAM WINTER CHURCH 22-4-76

BARNINGHAM WINTER CHURCH 22-4-76

It is a place where the faithful have gathered over centuries and now worshippers at a north Norfolk church can leave a message for future generations.

Time capsules are set to be placed in the reconstructed roof of St Mary the Virgin church at Barningham Winter. Money raised from the sale of the capsules will go towards the restoration of the roof, which is being supported by a £170,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. It is hoped messages and photos in the small brass capsules will read by the descendents of those who left them.

The idea for the capsules came from the church's treasurer and fabric officer, John Perks.

Mr Perks said: 'I think it is a lovely thought that someone in 2016 can write something about their family that can be read in 50 or 100 years' time as a message from their forebears.'

Up to 100 capsules could be placed in the roof of the church which sits in parkland on the edge of Matlaske.

Work on the restoration of the roof is due to start in October and is set for completion next year.

Donations of £10 and more are required to buy a capsule. Details will be included in a forthcoming parish magazine and in leaflets sent to congregation members.