March 10th, 2008 David
I’ve just spoken to Rev. Beverley. Here’s the current situation;
The whole project is likely to cost over £100,000 and take around six months, during which time the church and grounds will continue to be closed off. Workmen will start erecting scaffolding later this week – weather permitting. This is going to be a very difficult project as the ground slopes away, and they will have to be careful not to damage any of the grave-stones. The scaffolding will sit on a wooden platform and completely encase the church tower. It’s likely to take two weeks to erect.
The church’s insurance policy had only recently been renewed. And Beverly says they were fortunate to negotiate very good renewal terms with a £500 excess on any single claim. They’ve already had three other claims since the policy was renewed: for lightening damage, stones thrown through the porch windows, and lead stolen from the roof.
With the earthquake damage, that amounts to £2000 in insurance excess payments. But a recent five-year inspection found other problems, including damage to the stone-lined chancel roof, all of which will cost £37,500 to repair.
Beverly and her team of helpers are already planning a series of fund-raising events to try and meet these costs. We’re also hoping to put a donation button on this site soon for anyone wanting to help.
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