Seven parishioners bear responsibility for keeping 1,000-year-old village church alive

“This is a building that has been part of the life of the village for 900 years,” she said. “What happens if you let it go – people may regret it.”

She explained that regular attendees at All Saints’ Church had dropped to around seven in recent years.

“Families tend not come to church on Sundays any more, they do other things,” she said.

“But sadly many very beautiful, historic buildings, which have served communities for hundreds of years are in danger of closing.

“Our church is not only there for worship, but we also raise funds for charity and give people a place to come and talk if they need to.

“We are trying to innovate and make it place for everyone – worshipers and non-worshipers. We want to stay alive, and it would be nice to have more people come and join us.”

The church was built in the 12th century, but a prayer building had existed on the site since the early 800s. The box pews are also Grade I listed.

Ms Turner says the light which filters through the stained glass windows from the marshes gives the inside of the church a beautiful hue.