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.
By the end of 2016 there will be £50,000 in the Raise the Roof Appeal and the church has accessible reserves of £90,000. We would still be just shy of three quarters of a million pounds short.
The way forward……
So, we are looking at continuing towards raising three quarters of a million pounds. We will continue to host fundraising events such as sponsored walks and the successful clothes swap held at the Parish Hall in November 2016. 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.