North Norfolk church closes after beam falls from roof
PUBLISHED: 15:44 20 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:22 21 August 2019
A church in north Norfolk has been forced to close after a roof beam fell from the ceiling during a storm.
The 15th Century Church of St Mary's Wiveton has been forced to close its doors following the fall of a massive roof beam in the Chancel.
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The beam had crashed down on the altar and fallen forward on to the communion rail on August 10 during the stormy weather.
Church Warden James Woodhouse said: "It's a terrible blow. We are hoping that we may be able to re-open the Nave so that our four services can continue to be held each month.
"Whatever the outcome , we must anticipate having to raise a huge sum to ensure that the whole roof is safe for the worshippers and the many visitors who come to enjoy and find peace and inspiration in this exquisite church."
For safety reasons the church will remain closed at least until a survey of the whole roof has been completed.