A PUBLIC appeal has been launched to raise £240,000 for ‘crucial’ repairs to a 14th century church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
St Peter’s in Wolferton, Norfolk, is asking the public to ‘sponsor a tile’ to get the funds needed.
The Queen attends the church when she stays at Sandringham during her winter break and was there with Prince Andrew earlier this year.
Villagers have already raised around £45,000 of the £90,000 needed to pay for urgent repairs to the leaking north roof. But they need another £150,000 to fix the south roof and carry out internal works.
Wolferton PCC, which is responsible for the preservation of the church, is asking people to pay £5 to sponsor a roof tile. A list of donors will be kept in the church.
The Grade II-listed church was restored in 1486 following a fire, and again in 1886 under the supervision of Sir Arthur Blomfeld.
It comes after workmen spent the summer carrying out ‘essential’ repairs on the roof above the Queen’s bedroom at Sandringham. The leading was replaced for the first time since the house was built in 1870.