The Quinquennial report written in 2016 identified that urgent repairs were needed to the church, particularly the 300-year-old roof lead, which was leaking badly. Without immediate action, the church building was considered to be at considerable structural risk from rapid deterioration that would only be exacerbated by bad weather and further benign neglect.
Substantial grants worth a total of £300,000 were secured primarily from applications to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, with support from numerous other organisations.
This funding, with further income raised by FOLC’s own ongoing fundraising programme, paid for the vital work on the roof and nave, helping to stabilise the building.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant also supported the addition of various amenities in the church, including a heritage display area, café facilities and an accessible toilet.
These community-based initiatives have encouraged villagers to make more use of the church, which is now a flexible and well-equipped space for local activities.
However, like so many small charities, FOLC was forced to suspend its activities and fundraising during the coronavirus pandemic, damaging our ability to schedule and pay for further, much-needed remedial work. With new trustees in post, we are now beginning to make exciting plans for a further phase of repairs and restoration.
Please give what you can to help preserve our beautiful church.
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