Church roof appeal takes off

Good news for the congregation of historic St Thomas’ Church at Kentisbury

THE medieval St Thomas’ church at Kentisbury is a huge step closer to much needed repairs after being awarded a �113,000 grant.

Following confirmation of the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage, the church congregation and the community are now determined to raise the extra �50,000 needed to fix the leaking roof before the historic building suffers severe damage.

Apart from essential repairs, the last people to touch the roof were the Victorians and its roof nails are badly corroded, with many slates coming loose and water leaking into the building.

The Reverend Leslie Austin, Team Rector of the Shirwell Team, said the grant would help pay for this and other works to three of the four roof pitches, whose timber frames were also likely to require work following water damage.

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“It is wonderful news and we would like to thank English Heritage and the HLF for this generous grant,” he added.

“I would also like to thank the community for its response – people have already started fund raising, with Sunday’s Big Breakfast at the village hall far more successful than we ever dreamed it would be.”

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Anyone who would like to help the fund raising effort for St Thomas’ Church or organise an event is invited to call Margaret Purchase on (01598) 763207 or Dena Denham on 763491.

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