Redlingfield residents are rallying together to find funds to help save their church which requires repairs following an inspection.
St Andrew’s Church was recently subject to a Quinquennial Inspection - a mandatory check that must be carried out every five years.
The church roof needs to be retiled and roof beams possibly need replacing, while part of the ceiling is unsafe and an area has been barricaded off for safety.
The Parish Council intends to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which would not only meet the cost of repairs, but allow for more facilities, including toilets, a kitchen, sustainable heating and lighting, and safe and secure access from the village. It would cost an estimated £150,000.
Some residents have begun the fundraising effort. Village artist Neville Butcher has donated postcards of his picture of dancers in front of the church to raise funds, at £1.50 each, from David and Jacqueline Love at Western Barn, Abbotts Neadow, Redlingfield, 01379 678805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The big summer event on Doorstep Green, on July 19, will also raise funds. Bar opens 3pm, BBQ 6pm, with tickets at £6, available from 01379 678835.
To support the campaign call parish council clerk Janet Norman-Philips on 01379 678835.