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Emergency work on Fakenham church

PUBLISHED: 07:18 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:12 07 July 2010

Work is due to begin in April on a £19,000 emergency restoration project to replace ageing windows at Fakenham Parish Church.

The three Victorian windows, two in the chancel and one above the church organ, are the only ones in the church which have not been recently renovated.

Work is due to begin in April on a £19,000 emergency restoration project to replace ageing windows at Fakenham Parish Church.

The three Victorian windows, two in the chancel and one above the church organ, are the only ones in the church which have not been recently renovated.

Temporary windows will be installed while experts replace the glass and re-use the salvaged lead during the work which is expected to be completed by the time the wedding season arrives in June.

Rector of Fakenham, the Rev Adrian Bell, said the project was prioritised by architects after the ravages of the winter weather took their toll on the 100-year-old glass.

“The windows have taken a real bashing during the winter,” he said. “This is our major work for this year, and if we don't do it these windows will simply fall out.

“They are in a very poor state. But once we have the replacements it will increase the light and warmth in the chancel.”

The church has so far raised about £7,500 of the total needed for the work, with a £3,000 donation from its patrons at Trinity College in Cambridge helped by a number of smaller grants and fundraising events.

The fundraising effort will continue on Saturday with a Grand Book and Jigsaw Fayre from 10am to 1pm. Admission is free for the event which will offer hundreds of new and second-hand books and jigsaws, and a story time for children.

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