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Parishes working to raise funds for big repair bills at Honing and Crostwight churches

PUBLISHED: 06:30 13 May 2014

Margaret Wyatt from Smallburgh with her own, and her relations' wedding dresses dating back to Victorian times, at a fundraising event in the parish church.  Picture: MAURICE GRAY

Margaret Wyatt from Smallburgh with her own, and her relations' wedding dresses dating back to Victorian times, at a fundraising event in the parish church. Picture: MAURICE GRAY

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Two rural churches are facing repair and building bills totalling £350,000.

But the local vicar have praised the communities for pulling together to help raise funds.

The Rev Barry Furness, who presides over the parishes of Honing, Crostwight, Dilham and Smallburgh, says parishioners have raised more than £35,000 in the past few years.

Events included a wedding dress show at Smallburgh which raised more than £1,000.

But two of the buildings in particular, Honing and the 13th century Crostwight church, needed alot of repair work.

At Crostwight they have raised enough funds to repair the thatched roof.

But they now needing much more for repair work to the walls and plaster, which is estimated to cost around £100,000.

And at Honing they were trying to raise around £250,000 for repairs and to add toilets and a kitchen.

Honing was a very well used church and was helping with staging events to help both churches.

The parishes have held lots of fundraising events to raise money for the churches, which have also included a bluebell walk in local woods and a car boot sale.

There is also to be an open gardens event in Honing on June 22 from 11am - 5pm when 20 gardens will be open to the public. As well as refreshments there will also be a gardeners’ question time and tractor taxis around the village.

Maps will be available from Honing Village Hall at a cost of £3-50.

Mr Furness said: “There is still a long way to go but we are also hoping to get some funding from national charities.”

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