Help us ensure that the church building is an enduring legacy for future generations
The Friends of St John the Baptist, Aylmerton, is an independent, non religious charitable organisation, formed specifically to promote the care, restoration, preservation and improvement of St John the Baptist, Aylmerton.
Money generated by the Friends will be put towards specific projects (not running costs) and could represent a life line to help ensure that the building is an enduring legacy for future generations.
Aylmerton is a small community, with limited resources, which works hard to repair and improve the parish church. Indeed, it looks back over so many centuries with thankfulness for all who have contributed towards it. However, these days, the upkeep of a medieval church can often be beyond the scope of an enthusiastic regular congregation and this is where a Friends Group can make a significant difference.
Without the financial assistance of the Friends there is a very real danger that the small local community will be unable to keep pace with the list of repairs and renovations as detailed in the architects latest Quinquennial Report. The church is by far the oldest and most important building in the village with origins dating back to Saxon times. It is simply too important to the community to even contemplate its loss.
As well as weddings, baptisms and funerals the church has played host to the Aylmerton Festival which has included classical concerts, choirs, brass ensembles, flower festivals, talks/lectures, poetry and community singing.
The Round Tower Churches Society report that there are 170 round tower churches which survive more or less intact in Great Britain and, of these, 124 are in Norfolk and are a characteristic of the county. Elsewhere in Europe a handful of round tower churches are to be found in parts of northern Germany and southern Sweden, and it is thought that the examples in Norfolk merely reflect the strong cultural links which existed during medieval times among countries bordering the Baltic and North Seas.
For more information on the history of St John the Baptist, Aylmerton please visit: www.quintetbenefice.com