Group fears spire rotting ‘disaster’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 October 2015

Members of All Saints Church.

Members of All Saints Church.

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Members of a Clevedon church are hoping to avoid ‘disaster’ by raising thousands of pounds to save the building’s spire.

All Saints Church has seen its 19th century spire begin to rot which if allowed to continue would cause the building to become ‘unsafe’ to use.

The congregation has now started a campaign to raise £40,000 to put towards repairing the spire.

Peter Stanley, churchwarden, said: “The timbers at the base are now suffering from rot.

“The spire was re-slated in 1950 and now general wear has allowed water to penetrate into the main supporting struts at the base.

“We need to put up scaffolding around the tower and spire to allow the affected timbers to be cut out and replaced. The scaffolding is complex and repair without dismantling the structure is skilled and cannot be done at speed.

“Eventually the structure will be considered unsafe and the building would not then be useable.

“This would be a disaster for the church congregation, the local community and school.”

It is hoped that some of the funds will come from grants but the majority of money is likely to have to be raised through events held in the community.

The church’s annual Coffee at the Court event on Saturday will feature a grand prize draw dedicated to the appeal while an open day on October 31 will give visitors the chance to speak to members about the required repairs.

For more information or to get involved in the fundraising, call the church office on 01275 873257 or email eastcleveub@blueyonder.co.uk


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