Appeal launched to help re-thatch roof at Fritton church

Early morning sun over St Edmunds Church, Fritton.

Early morning sun over St Edmunds Church, Fritton. - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

An appeal has gone out to people with a connection to a historic church to help raise enough money to re-thatch its roof.

The work at St Edmund's Church, in Church Lane, Fritton, needs to get underway as soon as possible on the north side of its nave roof, which now leaks rainwater. The church's Parochial Church Council (PCC) is calling on people who got married at the site, were baptised there, or who would be interested in donating some funds to the church to come forward.

The bill to carry out the building work is estimated to be around £20,000, which would see 1,500 new bundles of thatch bought in to replace the old.

Marian Edmunds, St Edmund's Parochial Church Council, secretary, said: 'The thatch has lasted 70 years but it has come to the point now where we need to replace the north side of the nave roof.

'We now have the problem where rainwater is penetrating the roof and running down the interior plaster walls.This will impact the church especially hard during the autumn and winter months.'

'We would like to make contact through anyone who has a past connection to the church, whether having been baptised, was married or who has a family link. If anybody could help with our appeal we would be most grateful.'

The church is a grade II listed building and dates back to the Anglo-Saxon period between 500-1066.

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To make a donation, please place monies/cheques, payable to Fritton St Edmunds PCC, directly inside the wall safe (which is emptied daily), inside the church to the right. If you wish to donate by gift aid, complete a yellow envelope and place in the basket at the church.

Do you have memories of St Edmund's Church? Email geraldine.scott@archant.co.uk