We were first alerted to a problem with the roof when in 2014 small pieces of plaster started falling down. After consultations with the church architects we were told that the church roof would have to be completely re-tiled. Over the years there has also been a problem with the heating system. A new one has been installed and now that the church is gradually ‘drying’ out further problems have come to light.
The figures from the Surveyor suggest that the work on the roof would cost over £560,000 and further work to the Chancel Tower and Apse (the semi circular part of he roof at the far east end of the church where the glorious ceiling paintings are) would cost just short of £67,600. When the VAT and the fees are added the total comes to just over £825,000.
So far we have raised around £100,000 for the roof fund – an amazing achievement in just over two years! 2017 has been an extremely interesting and varied year starting with a sponsored hymnathon, followed by a fashion show, jazz evening, flower demonstrations, talks on battleships and post boxes (not at the same time), an “Everest” challenge and, last but not least, a Murder and Mystery Evening. However, our latest buildings report (2017) says there is up to 10 years life left in the roof which means we cannot yet go to grant making bodies. We are now liaising with the Archdeacon to see if it is worth exploring Grade 2* status to increase our chances of making successful grant applications.
The way forward……
We will also be approaching such grant making bodies as the Heritage Lottery Fund. If you would like to organise a fundraising event please contact the Parish Hall on 01524 843135 or if you would like to make a donation towards the Roof Fund please make cheques payable to “St Paul’s Church” or log on to our BT MyDonate page.