Marsh Volunteer Group Award with the Church Recording Society

This Award recognises a volunteer group that makes an outstanding and significant contribution to church recording. This Award celebrates the many hours of time they give to their roles, and highlights their skills and expertise, whilst working together as a team.

The volunteer groups bring a source of new ideas and initiatives, and manage to overcome any disadvantages that they might face, to ensure that they deliver results that may be used by historians, antiquarians and researchers.

King’s Lynn Church Recording Group 2023

The King’s Lynn Church Recording Group has a fascination with the history, development and contents of churches which has been a driving force for the group and the work that they do. The group always records with great enthusiasm and diligence and has now produced a total of 23 Church Records. An example of the results of their research is the discovery of a pair of stained-glass windows by renowned Harry Stammers for Powells in the 1930s. These are the only known windows created by him in East Anglia and are rare examples of his earlier mediaeval style. The work of this lively and well-led Church Recording Group is always appreciated by the beneficiaries. The Group is much respected by the Norfolk Churches Trust, and has contributed a great deal to the Ledgerstone Survey of England. 


Previous Winners

Woodbridge, South-East Suffolk and Orwell Church Recording Group

This Group brings together the members of three local groups to form one of the largest Church Recording Groups in the country. They first came together 25 years ago and have delivered twelve well-researched and recorded church records. Thorough research, recording and enthusiasm are all hallmarks of the Group. In 2011, they found an original 1611 copy of the King James’ Bible in a forgotten Tower of a church, which they were able to display as part of national celebrations of the 400th Anniversary of its publication. This is one of many unique and intriguing discoveries that the Group has made thanks to their attention to detail. The Group is now recording their 13th church, a sizeable parish church with a large quantity of significant artefacts.