Repairs to rotting Clevedon church spire start after £40k target hit
PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 September 2016
Work to repair a damaged 19th century church in Clevedon has begun after members raised thousands of pounds to finance the project.
Volunteers for All Saints Church in All Saints Lane have raised about £40,000 to carry out repairs to the building’s spire, which has become dangerous due to rot.
Scaffolding has been put up around the church to allow decaying beams to be replaced and the lower part of the spire to be re-slated to make it more waterproof.
The church clock will also be re-gilded while the scaffolding is in place.
Reverend Noel Hector said: “Keeping the structure sound allows us to get on with the main business of the church.
“That is being the centre of our community with our services, fellowship and bringing our faith to enrich people’s lives.
“The school also depends on us to provide extra space and the spirituality needed in a church school.”
The bells will be silenced for the duration of the work, which is expected to last throughout next month, as scaffolding beams had to be put through the bell tower in order to support the working platform.
Much of the money was raised by the congregation through fundraising events.
However, organisations including the National Churches Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the newly-formed Sabina Sutherland Trust have also financially supported the project.
The church has also received full planning permission to re-lay the access from All Saints Lane thanks to a National Lottery grant.