St Mary’s, Radcliffe on Trent parish church, is pleased to announce that work finished on our project to re-roof the church at the end of November 2016.
Our roof has leaked for many years and following a particularly severe storm in 2014 we decided re-roofing the church must be our priority to maintain a safe and weatherproof place of worship. The work involves removing the concrete tiles, replacing them with slates as used when the church was re-built in the 1870s.
We established the cost would be in excess of £200,000 (including VAT) and initiated a fund raising programme. Local fund-raising events have included coach outings, plant fairs, art exhibitions and a sponsored bike ride. We approached 14 grant awarding bodies receiving a positive response from most. By April 2016 we were nearing our target and arranged a Diocesan loan to enable work to commence while we pursue funds to cover the shortfall of approximately £15,000.
We are pleased to acknowledge the tremendous support received from our donors; in particular the £110,000 awarded by the government’s Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund has been absolutely crucial to the success of the project. In addition we gratefully appreciate the £15,000 granted from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Communities Fund.
We thank the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust which has arranged funding totalling £10,000. Half in the form of a grant from WREN (Waste Recycling Environment Ltd); the balance is partnership funding from the National Churches Trust.
Generous donations have been received from other bodies including The Alexander and Caroline Simmons Trust, The Allchurches Trust, The Gray Trust, Nottingham City Mission, The Samworth Trust, Kay Cutts (Notts CC) and the Charles Littlewood Hill Trust.
The roofing work was undertaken by W.Howlett & Sons of Kirkby in Ashfield, directed by Nottingham based Allan Joyce Architects.
Please contact us for further information.
David Townsend – Churchwarden
Sue Megahy - Churchwarden
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