Fundraising bid to pay for urgent repairs to Bungay church

Graham Gibbs outside Emmanuel Church in Bungay, which needs urgent repairs to the roof.

Graham Gibbs outside Emmanuel Church in Bungay, which needs urgent repairs to the roof. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A fundraising campaign has started to raise money which will pay for vital repairs to the roof of a church in Bungay.

A fundraising campaign has started to raise money which will pay for vital repairs to the roof.

A fundraising campaign has started to raise money which will pay for vital repairs to the roof. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Water started to pour through the roof of Emmanuel Church in Upper Olland Street earlier this year and repair work is estimated to cost around £30,000.

Treasurer Graham Gibbs said: 'About three months ago we discovered water dripping on to pews and a couple of weeks later some of the plaster coving above our beautiful organ fell down on it.

'After investigation, we found that the under felt is perishing and rain water has been getting in through a multitude of holes.

'We immediately began a fundraising campaign via Facebook, email and old-fashioned face-to face.

'We are asking everyone to support us by giving just £1 each.'

Scaffolding has already been put in place around the church as the first stage of work begins to repair the roof. So far the campaign has raised more than £7,600 and the church has received a grant of £7,500 from the United Reformed Church Eastern Province from their Project Heritage Scheme.

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Mr Gibbs said: 'This leaves us at present a total of £9,879 to raise, assuming no further problems are found.'

Anyone who would like to support the campaign can contact Graham or Janet Gibbs on 01379 852415, email grahamofthepaddocks@talktalk.net or by post to Emmanuel Roof Fund, c/o The Paddocks, Church Road, Weybread, Diss, Norfolk, IP21 5TR.

For more information, search Facebook for Emmanuel Church Roof Appeal.

Are you taking part in a fundraising event? Email lynn.crombie@archant.co.uk or call 01502 712060 to speak to a reporter.