Bishop re-dedicates church after £270,000 restoration project

Re-dedication service at Waterden church. Picture: Friends Waterden church

Re-dedication service at Waterden church. Picture: Friends Waterden church - Credit: Archant

A re-dedication service was held to mark the official completion of a £270,000 restoration project at a north Norfolk church.

Re-dedication service at Waterden church. The Bishop of Lynn, right, with Sheila Tew. Picture: Frien

Re-dedication service at Waterden church. The Bishop of Lynn, right, with Sheila Tew. Picture: Friends Waterden church - Credit: Archant

As reported, a previously unknown wall painting was uncovered at All Saints' Church, Waterden, between Fakenham and Wells, during the work.

The service was led by Father Clive Wylie, rector of Waterden, with the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, the Bishop of Lynn, performing the act of re-dedication on Sunday, August 18.

Church spokeswoman Lucy Hodges said: "More than 80 people attended including representatives of donors, the parochial church council, the Friends of All Saints' Waterden, and our faithful Waterden worshippers. After the service, Bishop Jonathan and the longest-standing member of the congregation, Sheila Tew, cut a celebratory cake."

A community hog roast will be held at the church to celebrate its re-opening, with a guided tour of the building and of the lost village of Waterden, between 12.30pm and 2pm on Saturday, August 24.