Over the past 10 years it has been a great joy to see the church serving the community, and to be part of the gradual restoration and development of this impressive Grade 1 listed building.
Every year over 50,000 people of all ages come into the church for a service, or a quiet moment of prayer, to attend one of the major events, for a concert, or simply refreshments on Market Day. You will see in this website the variety of the work undertaken in our church it is a church for all ages.
Fakenham Parish Church is the centre of a growing town with a large congregation. It has strong links with the community and great hopes for the future. However we still have a massive task in front of us to complete the restoration and development of the church so that we can have a church fit for this and the next generation.
How can you help ….
If you wish to make a donation, please do contact us via the website or by post to: The Church Development Fund, Parish Office, Gladstone Road, Fakenham NR21 9BZ. All cheques should be made payable to Fakenham PCC. Alternatively, to donate to the Church Development Fund via Paypal (no account required), please click the link below:
The Way Forward
The task is to raise £350,000 over the next few years. Work on the church will be in phases and so money needs to come in on a regular basis.
Phase One –To create a new worship area with provision for the choir and clergy. Create a new raised dais suitable for worship and concerts, and create a side chapel for weekday services and quiet prayers. £60,000
Phase Two – To replace the existing out and inner doors with a suitable sloped entrance especially with the disabled in mind. £30,000
Phase Three – To create suitable retail and storage systems on the south of the church. £25,000
Phase Four – The create and install a complete new lighting and sound system £70,000
In addition we hope to improve the tower safety and undertake repair work to the 15th century tower. £75,000 and finally repair and restore the peal of 8 bells £80,000
With professional fees of £30,000 we have a massive task in front of us.
We have the support of our Patrons
- Rt. Revd. Graham James, Lord Bishop of Norwich
- Mr Keith Simpson MP
- Mr Tim Aldiss and
- The Honourable Jeremy Soames
and our Church Patrons Trinity College Cambridge
A message from the Bishop of Norwich……………
The transformation of Fakenham parish church in the past decade has not been simply the renewal of its historic fabric, though much has already been done to that. There has been a transformation in the use of the parish church by the town it serves. It is a seven days a week church offering hospitality, friendship, companionship, worship and prayer to all who enter its doors and service to the community beyond.
With 50,000 people a year coming to the parish church for one reason or another there is a need for better facilities. An earlier appeal improved things considerably but there is still much to be done to equip this ancient parish church for its contemporary mission and ministry. It is a sign of imaginative leadership that this appeal has been launched and I am sure that the confidence and faith of the congregation will be well rewarded.
I am glad to be Patron of this Appeal for the further development of Fakenham parish church and I pray God’s Blessing on all who are associated with it.
+ Graham Norvic
The Rt. Revd Graham James
Lord Bishop of Norwich
Thank you so much