By the time you read this (hopefully!) the inspection and temporary repair work in the North aisle will be completed and the scaffolding will have been removed. We had to carry out some additional works to make the roof timbers safe until the full restoration project can be completed.

You cannot fail to have noticed the huge poster at the back of church (kindly donated by Mark Booth of Print Wise) concerning the Roof Fund Appeal and our target of £50,000 to complete the restoration work. Although, the Heritage Lottery Fund have promised us £270,000, this will not cover the full cost, particularly after the full extent of the problems has come to light. We will be exploring other funds and charities that may be willing to support our appeal but we will need to find other ways to fill the gap!

We made a good start with the “Raise the Roof” musical evening on 2nd April which raised over £500 and was a very enjoyable evening of popular opera and musical numbers provided by the Musica Lirica Opera group. Thanks to everyone who supported the evening. We are looking to arrange similar fund raising events over the next 12 months and if you have any ideas or suggestions about how we could raise money for our Roof Fund Appeal please let us know.

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Work is now ongoing to prepare the full restoration scheme and gain the necessary approvals from the Diocese, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is likely to take several months to complete and it may be late this year or even next year before the full restoration scheme can commence.  It may be necessary to close the church whilst the work is undertaken but we will provide plenty of notice and alternative service arrangements if necessary.

In the meantime, if you would like to donate to the Roof Fund Appeal there is a collecting box at the back of church. Please gift aid if you are a tax payer.

Alternatively you can join the monthly Roof Fund Draw.

If you have any questions about the Restoration work please speak to Bill or Andrew or Rev Michael

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