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
For the last 10 years or even longer the roof on St. Mary's has been giving us trouble. About 40 years ago it was decided by the then PCC to re-roof the north and south aisles, nave, chancel, flower vestry and boiler room using heavy clay tiles which would have been in vogue at that time. One sees them on many properties built at that time particularly domestic properties. On whose advice to replace the slates we do not know. What we do know is that the roof of the church was not designed for such heavy clay tiles, often known as Marley tiles. The decision to re-roof the church was probably due to the slates suffering what is known as nail tiredness. This is where the nail corrodes to such an extent that the slate slips leaving a hole in the roof allowing the weather to penetrate. Modern thinking would almost certainly be to remove the slates, felt the roof and reattach the slates using nails which would be less likely to corrode. This would mean only replacing those slates which had been damaged over the years with new slates.
Because we have the heavy clay tiles we are almost annually suffering damage to the roof during autumn and winter storms. The problem is that when the wind is in a certain direction it creates a vortex between the tower and the roof on the north side of the nave. This in turn lifts the tiles and either blows them onto or they slide down onto the roof of the north aisle which is considerably lower. As the tiles land on the tiles of the north aisle they usually smash both themselves and the tiles onto which they land. Often the shards have penetrated through to the roof felt underneath resulting in water penetration onto the pews in the north aisle. Damage will also occur to the the wooden salts and rafters supporting the tiles probably in some form of rot. We now find there is also water penetration occurring in the boiler room too which obviously needs attention.
Our church architect has been consulted with regard to the roof and his advice is return to the type of slate which was originally covering the church roof. An example of this can be seen on the roof of the Lady Chapel which was never changed. Our aim therefore is replace all the heavy clay tiles with Welsh slate. Until we get a specification from the church architect and a number of alternative quotes we do not know exactly how much this will cost. At the moment we have revised our figure to approx. £130,000 (March 2015)
To raise any amount such as this is a formidable task to raise this amount of money but with God's help and prayer we shall achieve it. Members of the church family have dug deep to help us raise money in the past but we still need help and whilst we shall apply for grants we shall be reliant on a lot of fundraising. This is Radcliffe on Trent's parish church, an iconic feature of the village with its saddleback tower, even featured on the village sign adjacent Grange Hall at the bottom of Shelford Road. You may have been baptised here or married here. Can you help us raise the money to re-roof the church? Whatever you can afford will be most gratefully received. UK cheques should be made payable to St. Mary's PCC R o T or alternatively you can use online giving at www.give.net "St. Mary's Radcliffe on Trent" Roof Appeal where the target is £130,000. We have revised this figure to this amount following a successful application to the Listed Places of Worship scheme for a government grant which has amounted to £78,700 which plus money already raised gives a new total in the region of £90,000 leaving us a figure of £40,000 to find (bsed on our current estimate).