Church restoration fund gets a boost

SAVE OUR CHURCH: The Borley Church congregation.
SAVE OUR CHURCH: The Borley Church congregation.
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Efforts to maintain an Anglo-Saxon church for generations to come have received the backing of the community.

An estimated £80,000 is needed to repair the roof of Borley Church and rescue the 12th century building from falling into ruin.

A variety of fundraising events are being worked on to meet the cost, with help also being sought from English Heritage.

Last weekend, the church, which is closely linked to Borley Rectory – believed to have been one of the most haunted buildings in Britain before it burned down – held a wedding-themed flower festival.

Christine Ruggles-Brise, a member of the church’s parochial council, said the event was a huge success with more than £500 being raised towards the restoration fund.

“The church was transformed by a combination of the arrangements and the lit candles which chased away the gloom of the indifferent weather,” said Mrs Ruggles-Brise, from The Old Maltings in Long Melford.

“Children surpassed themselves with arrangements in the church porch and visitors were charmed by the theme of the country garden wedding.”

The event also featured wedding dresses and photographs showing the different fashions from 1939 to present day, while cakes and teas were sold at the village hall.

“Lots of people had connections with the church and remembered it from childhood or family occasions and everyone gave generously,” added Mrs Ruggles-Brise.