Church gets £30k revamp

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A 13th century church has undergone a vital refurbishment after £30,000 was raised.

After a routine inspection, the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich informed All Saints’ Church, in Worlington, that the tower windows required repair.

As well as the windows, dilapidated louvres and pointing needed attention for the tower, which was added in the 14th century, to be restored.

With quotes for the work coming in at around £30,000, the PCC (parochial church council) turned to the local community and businesses for funding.

The fund-raising proved a success, with £19,700 being raised from local businesses, trusts and other organisations. A further £7,500 was then contributed by Worlington villagers.

Don MacBean, PCC member, said the response was ‘amazing’.

“Considering many of the people who donated do not even attend the church, the amount raised was incredible.

“It just shows that the church is an important part of the community, even to those who do not attend,” he said.

Mr MacBean added that the tower looked ‘a little strange’ as the new clunch that has been used in the repairs contrasts with the weathered original stone.

“It will take about 10 years for it to match. The stone used is the same as it was originally built with and that’s lasted for 700 years.”

Donations for the work came from groups including Forest Heath District Council and the Suffolk Historic Churches Trust.