We especially thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for their large grant which make the whole church repair project possible; for more details see . . .
We are grateful to The Trustees of The Garfield Weston Foundation who were extremely generous in giving us a grant for this Project.
We were very much encouraged to receive a grant from the locally based Geoffrey Watling Charity.
Round tower churches are mostly in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk and this Society is dedicated to offering support to these particular churches. The society gave us generous help
This Trust's Annual grants are generally for cathedrals and large churches so it is very heartening that they have supported such a small church as ours.
Over the years the Norfolk Churches Trust have been especially generous in helping us out when we have been in particular need.
The Trustees of the Paul Bassham Charitable Trust were the first to respond to our appeal for funding which was a big encouragement at the beginning of this project.
Thank you to the Trustees of The Pennycress Trust who were very helpful with their grant.
The Bishop of Norwich's Fabric Fund enabled us to close the final gap in the funding.
St. Peter's has suffered from dampness for many years which has caused all sorts of problems to the fabric of the church as well as to books and furnishings. About nineteen years ago - if our memories serve us correctly - we undertook a big drainage project externally and steps to eradicate the dry rot that was running rife inside the churh, but it was to no avail as the dampness persisted, so, encouraged by our architect and spurred on by a handsome grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we began a repair project.
In order to make this project happen we needed to match-fund quite a large sum of money ourselves to cover the shortfall, it was far more than the Clippesby Parochial Church Council could possibly raise and this is where our kind and generous benefactors came to the rescue, enabling us to match-fund and begin the project.
The list of charities that awarded grants to assist in this work of restoration appears below. Without the timely help afforded by the Trustees of these generous charities, work could not have started and further deterioration of the fabric would have happened.
Reports that were commissioned to look at the stained glass windows, the wall paintings and other historic features all show that more work will be required in the future, but that's in the future, for now this lovely building will be watertight, dry and comparatively warm, offering a welcome to all who visit and worship within its ancient walls.
Clippesby PCC, Friends, Family and Events Team
Are always there when needed for help, support and encouragement.
To all of the above we, the Rector and Churchwardens, offer you our heartfelt thanks for your great kindness and generosity in helping us to keep St. Peter's serving God for another thousand years.
A service of Thanksgiving to which representatives of the above benefctors were invited, was held, in conjunction with an exhibition featurng the history of the church and a talk from the architect Iain Walker. In addition we also celebrated the Queen's birthday, and attended the unveiling of the restored village sign.