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Holy Cross is one of a few churches in the County that have a thatched roof. Thatched roofs need to be replaced every 50 – 70 years otherwise the roof will allow water in, which will then cause more damage. The Norfolk Churches Trust (NCT) heard about the issues and need for support so quickly provided a grant.
The Norfolk Churches Trust was founded in 1976 to assist in protecting churches by providing financial support and advice to the many architecturally precious religious monuments of the County. Churches Trust was set up with the aim of preserving Norfolk’s historic legacy of medieval churches and keeping them open as places of worship.
Today NCT gives to churches of all Christian denominations. It also provides advice and guidance on church buildings when requested, and in some cases pro-actively approaches a parish where the condition of the church is thought to be of serious concern.
Holy Cross PCC is currently engaged in a major fund raising exercise to pay for a new roof and provide new facilities such as disabled access. Speaking about the benefits that this fund-raising will achieve, PCC Chairman, Mr Graham Penfold said:
"The fabric of the Church will be weather proof for at least the next 50 years and allow the Church to be used by future generations.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund, which is also providing grants to the Church, have already provided £29,500 to pay for development costs. These include undertaking a wildlife survey and ‘opening up’ the Church to obtain an accurate picture of the extent of the necessary work.
Holy Cross Church is a Grade i listed building situated within a conservation area, on the edge of the village green and is built of flint with stone quoins (blocks) and dressings. The earliest mention of a Church in Caston is in a document of 1218, but it is likely that there was one on this site earlier.