Nave Roof and Repairs To Walls
The nave roof is nearing the end of its life and needs to be replaced. We are applying for a grant of £250,000 to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the roof, repairs to the exterior walls and internal decoration. As part of our bid, we have planned a whole range of events focussing on the history and heritage of the church and the wider area. A time bound grant of £20,000 has already been promised by the Garfield Weston Foundation and we are hoping to start the building work during the Summer 2022. If you would like to support us and save our church and its unique heritage for the community, please contact the Churchwarden.
Plans are underway to begin developing a community garden with wheelchair access on the south side of the church. Work clearing the site will begin during the Spring and the project will mainly be developed and run by volunteers. Supporters and volunteers are always welcome. Please contact the Churchwarden to find out how you could help.
Toilet and Kitchen Facilities
We have now raised the funds and gained permission to build a mini-kitchen and a toilet with wheelchair and disabled access in the south aisle. It is hoped to start the work in Spring 2022.
On 31 May 2017 there was a bad storm. The church roof leaked and water poured into the chancel and the south aisle near the Peace window. Then, in July 2017, part of the ceiling came down in the chancel. In August, thieves stole almost all the lead off the chancel roof causing even more damage.
Repairs to the roof were delayed as an insurance claim went through and planning permission was gained to change the roofing material from lead to terne coated stainless steel. The church could not risk lead being stolen again. Planning permission was finally granted in January 2018 and the new roof completed in April 2018. The new roof and internal repair and decoration cost £60,000.