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Engineers rise to the challenge for Crowfield church

Restoration of a 600-year-old Suffolk church has been completed thanks to electricity engineers lending a helping hand.

From Press releases - 3 December 2015 12:00 AM

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Restoration of a 600-year-old Suffolk church has been completed thanks to electricity engineers lending a helping hand.

When they faced a cost of more than £500 to erect scaffolding to place a new cross on the tower of All Saints Church at Crowfield, church officials turned to UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to eight million homes and businesses across the East, South East and London. Workers were happy to help by lending a ‘cherry picker’ so that the new wooden cross could be lifted into position.

Linesman Joe Freezer said: “We always like to help community good causes and were able to pick a quiet time to schedule this job. The cherry picker is usually employed to install or repair overhead power lines but it will be nice to see it put to a different purpose. It was a relatively quick job to do so no problem.”

The Grade II listed medieval church is outside Crowfield on the road to Stonham Aspal and has the only timber-framed chancel in Suffolk. The new cross has been carved from English Oak sourced from Castle Howard in Yorkshire, and the carver, Colin Ashman, has inserted  a 2015 ten pence piece into the cross to denote the year it was made.

The Rev Philip Payne, vicar at All Saints Church, said: “We expect the cross to remain in place for another 100 to 150 years, maybe longer, before it too will need replacing. Whoever does take it down will discover the coin and know immediately when the cross was made.

“We are very grateful to UK Power Networks and to everyone who has helped get this final piece of the restoration completed.”

Before the cross was installed by local resident Jamie Dreher, of Ashwood Property Services in the village, the Rev Payne blessed the cross as it lay side by side with its predecessor.