We recently launched our 'Raise the Roof' community heritage appeal, which aims to raise the funding needed to complete necessary repair work to the stone slate roof of Grade I listed St. Wilfrid's Church.
Thank you to everyone that came along to our launch event. We all enjoyed prosecco, canapés and some excellent live folk music from the Bramble Napskins!
These necessary roof repairs were identified as part of the building's most recent 'quinquennial' inspection' by specialist surveyors and are needed immediately. They will protect the fabric of the building, much of which is believed to date back to the 13th Century, from damage and decay caused by damp and water ingress. They will also protect interior fittings and several items of historic interest. At the same time a new boiler will be fitted inside the building. This will provide a more efficient and controllable source of heat, providing further damage limitation.
Overall costs for the work (which must be carried out by heritage specialist contrators) will be around £207,000. To date, we have secured funding from several charitable trusts and foundations totalling nearly £167,000. This leaves us with a £40,000 shortfall in funding to complete the work.
This appeal aims to bring our community together; to raise money, make up the shortfall and ensure that a historical asset is protected for years to come. But... most importantly... to have FUN as we do so!
For more information about the appeal, the activities we're planning and how you can help, please visit www.raisetheroof.online.