ROYAL PATRONAGE

ROYAL PATRONAGE FOR WALPOLE ST. PETER’S CHURCH

His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales has graciously consented to be Patron of Walpole St.Peter Parish Church Fundraising Activities.

The Chancel roof had become in urgent need of repair. His Royal Highness further endorsed his support with a generous donation towards the work from his Charities Foundation. The chancel roof was last replaced 200 years ago; we were advised that the work undertaken then was of excellent quality and has lasted about 30 years longer than might have been expected. A grant was also given by English Heritage and the work was completed in time for the Flower Festival of 2013. We are very grateful to the HRH The Prince of Wales for his very kind donation. Our next project will be to construct a kitchen in the North Porch.

The church has a rich history of Royal patronage. Walpole St. Peter is within easy reach of Sandringham, and many generations of the current Royal Family have been attracted by the church's many charms. While he was Prince of Wales the future Edward VII contributed to the replacement of church windows and his successor, who was to become George V, planted an oak tree in 1909 in the churchyard on the the south side of the church, which has grown large. It stands next to the huge beech tree. The second set of windows on the north wall (counting from the east side of the western screen) were restored during the 1930s. Much of the restoration fund resulted from the proceeds of the sale of gifts sent to the rector by Queen Mary (wife of George V), Queen Maud of Norway, The Princess Royal (Mary) and the Duke of York (Albert, later King George VI). Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visited the church many times. Her signature can be seen, along with those of members of her party in pages from the visitors book which are now in frames on the walls and columns next to the vestry.

Over the years HRH The Prince of Wales has paid several visits to the church and we are most grateful that he continues to demonstrate his interest in the future of this beautiful church and its well being for generations to come. HRH has been the most frequent Royal visitor, having visited privately many times. This is one of his very favourite churches. He contributed to the repair and replacement of the organ, and in the year 2000 planted an oak tree, opposite the bell tower on the south side of the church, to mark the Millenium.