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How you can help historic church ‘Raise the Roof’ with its fundraising

PUBLISHED: 11:26 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 07 September 2018

A Heritage Weekend launched a Raise the Roof campaign at St Edmunds Church in Kessingland. Picture:  St Edmunds Church

A Heritage Weekend launched a Raise the Roof campaign at St Edmunds Church in Kessingland. Picture: St Edmunds Church

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For well over 500 years, an historic church has been at the heart of the community.

And after launching an appeal last month to Raise the Roof at St Edmunds Church in Kessingland, the community has been praised for their support.

Various exhibitions, talks and displays, local history, archaeology, music recitals, bellringing and attractions for the whole family saw about 500 people attend a heritage weekend over August 4/5.

And over this weekend a fundraising campaign was launched, as the quest to raise £190,000 through the Raise the Roof campaign at St Edmunds started in style.

With the strapline of ‘looking to the future - building on tradition,’ £190,000 needs to be raised “to make our church safe,” according to church officials.

A spokesman said: “The launch of the fundraising campaign got off to a wondrous start - a truly blessed event. Thanks to all who gave their time and talents. Very many thanks go to everyone who has supported us so far in our quest at St Edmunds, Kessingland to raise £190,000 for our Raise the Roof campaign.”

With “brilliant weather and a wonderful atmosphere,” at the heritage weekend, the visitors were entertained and “extremely interested” in seeing the exhibitions and displays.

Speaking on behalf of the church Helena Lord said: “Many people added their name alongside that of J K Rowling’s great grandmother as having been baptised in St Edmund’s famous font.”

An archeological display of flint tools and talks by David Padmore proved to be a favourite - along with the churchyard trails that were offered for both children and adults throughout the weekend. These will continue to be offered throughout the summer holidays.

Music was showcased by the Rogues Shanty Chorus, Terry Hepworth and Cliff Ingham, while locals were fascinated as they explored their family histories courtesy of Gerald Brown’s parish records. Helena Lord said: “We are delighted to announce that thanks to many people giving up their time, talents and hard work £3,236 was raised over the weekend and with a single gift of £5,000 that was given anonymously the total money raised to date is just over £8,000 - a magnificent start to our fundraising efforts.”

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