Hopefully by the time you are reading this St Edith’s Church will be covered in scaffolding so what’s happening? Well we are finally carrying out the work that we have been planning for over two years. This has been possible thanks to a very large grant (£180,000) from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is the result of lots of hard work from many different people in helping us secure that grant.
So what are we actually doing? The project includes:
• Re-roofing the aisles (including the roof from where the lead was stolen)
• Re-roofing the nave (the main part of the church)
• Sorting out a lot of high level stonework
• Restoring the roof timbers and preserving our wooden ‘angels’
• Opening up the area behind the font by removing the screen that is currently there
• Installing a modern toilet with disabled access
• Moving the servery to the west end of the south aisle We will also be producing some new signs, leaflets and a website for visitors to learn more about St Edith’s. In total the work is costing £250,000.
While the work is going on the church will be closed for safety reasons, but we’ll be open again as soon as possible. When we are closed our Saturday ‘shop’ gatherings will take the form of various coffee mornings around the village and we will be enjoying some house worship on Sundays.
If you want more information about the project, or if you would like to contribute in any way, either by offering help, or by making a donation, then please get in touch with me.
Revd. Chris Turner 01507 327667