St Mary's, Snettisham.

More than £400,000 is heading to this area to fund much-needed repairs to a number of churches.

The recipients of the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund include six churches this side of the county.

The grants of up to £85,000 have been allocated by the government to meet the cost of urgent repairs to roofs and rainwater disposal systems of the historic buildings.

Money is also being provided to fund structural investigations, specialist reports and bat surveys.

The total grants announced amounted to £30m divided between a total of 502 places of worship,and the fund will re-open to new applicants later this year.

Awards made in the round included: £99,000 to All Saints at Litcham; £16,700 to the parish Church of Houghton St Giles; £96,400 to St Mary the Virgin, Snettisham (pictured); £17,700 to St Andrew’s Church, North Pickenham; £28,500 to St Martin’s Church, Fincham; £20,900 to All Saints, South Lynn; £100,000 to St Clement at Burnham Overy Staithe and £97,000 to All Saints’ at Thornham.

Any unsuccessful applicants can take part in the second round when it re-opens.

The fund was established last year with an initial £15m which was upped to £55m this year.

“There are over 1,100 historic places of worship on national Buildings at Risk Registers across the UK. They need money for vital repairs. A survey of all listed places of worship in England estimated the total value of repairs to be in the region of £925m over five years. Congregations and the local communitues can currently raise around half of this total,” said a statement from the fund. For more details see: www.lpowroof.org.uk