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St George, Methwold
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To cut a dull story short, I've been here loads of times, and the church is always locked. There's no keyholder notice, though the church website claims there is. Roughly seventy per cent of the churches of East Anglia are open every day, and most of the rest are accessible via a keyholder notice. Actually, the percentages are skewed, because in some places pretty much all the churches are locked - the Thetford area, the Lowestoft area - while in others, all the churches are open - south Cambridgeshire, north Norfolk, east Suffolk, north Essex. You can set off from Harwich, head west, and not hit a locked church until you are well into Bedfordshire. What have the parishioners of Methwold done to deserve such an unwelcoming parish church? Did they vandalise it? Did they steal from it? Perhaps they did.
Simon Knott, August 2016
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