Press reports: Melton Times & Grantham Journal

March 5th, 2008 David

Both The Melton Times and Grantham Journal covered the story of Waltham’s damaged church. Here’s the report from the Journal:

Grantham Journal reportA LANDMARK was almost lost forever after last week’s earthquake when a huge crack appeared in the church spire at Waltham-on-the-Wolds.

St Mary Magdalene parish church was badly damaged by last Wednesday’s tremor, resulting in a 30ft hole around the tower. It will have to be dismantled stone by stone. each one numbered individually and rebuilt exactly as before to repair the damage.

The Rev Beverly Stark said: “It is a rather dramatic crack around the steeple. We now have to get scaffolding from the ground to the top of the tower. There was a worry the wind would blow it over during the weekend, but thankfully it was fine.”

Bell ringers first noticed debris in the belfry whilst practicing on Thursday night. But it was not until Friday, in the daylight, when they saw the full extent of the damage.

The churchyard and 13th Century building were both cordoned off for safety, and services on Mothering Sunday were moved to nearby Stonesby. Repair work will start as soon as costs have been worked out but it is not yet known how long it will take. It is hoped the Easter services can be moved to the village hall.

Click here to read The Melton Times’ online report.

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Press reports: BBC local TV and web

March 2nd, 2008 David

BBC news clipThe story of the earthquake damage to Waltham’s church spire was covered by local TV, radio and press in the days following the event.

We’ve included a couple of links below – one to local BBC TV (right) and another to the BBC news website. But if anyone comes across any more, please let us know by clicking here.

A video clip of a local BBC TV report.

BBC news website: Earthquake cracks church steeple.

The BBC has said they want to follow the renovation work in some detail. So we’ll put more clips on the website if and when they appear.

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