Urgent repair work on a number of West Norfolk churches is now set to go ahead after a series of grants have been awarded.  

St Mary the Virgin Church at West Walton, is one of 15 churches in the county to be awarded funds by the Norfolk Churches Trust.

The grade one-listed building, currently on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register, has been awarded £9,000.

The church, which has a detached bell tower, has suffered subsidence, causing large cracks to appear in the west end of the building.

This latest grant for St Mary’s follows £44,000 from Historic England and totalled with other donations, means emergency repairs – estimated at £64,500 – are set to get the green light.

Work to the church will include repairing cracks, removing trees close to the building, carrying out soil analysis and checking the drains.

The site will also be monitored to decide on the next course of action to prevent further subsidence.

There are also hopes for  a community room which would have kitchen and toilet facilities.

Liz Knights, churchwarden and treasurer, said: “The parochial church council is really grateful to the Norfolk Churches Trust for the support they have provided both in terms of the grant and the encouragement they have given to St Mary’s over the years.”

She added further grant aid should be available from the Listed Places of Worship Grants when works have been completed.

Other churches to receive Norfolk Churches Trust grants include St Clement’s in Outwell.

It has received £8,000 for stained glass repairs to the Beaupre and Fincham chapels.

All Saints at North Wootton has been given £2,000 for repairs on its stained glass windows.

And St Mary Magdalene at Pentney has received £1,000 for its roof.

The trust awarded a total of £74,000 across the county and has highlighted an estimated £12.7m needed for repairs at more than 50 churches across the county at its latest quarterly meeting.

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