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St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold.

Can you help church project?

An information giving and gathering event and coffee morning is being held in Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Saturday, May 19th, from 10am until 12noon, to launch a project to raise the funds necessary to install new gutters, drainpipes and drains to cure the damp problem in St Mary the Virgin Church.

A leaflet has been prepared to keep everyone informed of the major work needed to prevent long term damage. The gutters and downpipes are no longer able to cope with the rain water coming off the roof. As a result, the walls are damp which creates other internal problems.

Urgent works recommended to be carried out are:

*Replace all rainwater goods with larger capacity in cast iron or aluminium – install additional downpipes;
 
*To address damp issues inside the church, provide a new underground drainage system;
 
*Replace the brick and concrete channels around the base of the church with gravel French drains to allow the base of wall to breathe and dry;

*Dangerous high level internal plasterwork has been removed but further work is needed to inspect all of the plaster and make good;

*The temporary floor in the side aisle to be replaced by permanent limecrete;
 
 *Replace and/or point up coping stones.
 
 In the leaflet, church warden Catherine Shenton says: "We need to look for grant funding to help us complete these tasks. As a church community we have already saved some funds towards the project; we will be looking to do some further fund-raising in the coming months.

"We need a team of people who are prepared to work on all aspects of the project including publicity, admin, heritage and grant applications. If you feel that you could help with the project, have other ideas about developing the life of the church or could offer support in any way please speak to: Revd Dr Mary Barr (vicarmary@meltonparish.org.uk); Catherine Shenton on 01664 850422 or Joy Stribblehill on 01664 853302 or come along to the coffee morning on May 19th."

To view the leaflet in full click here.

The present church building dates back to 1150AD, with extensions and numerous periods of rebuilding and repairs, the last major scheme being in the 1860’s, where the whole building, from the clerestory upwards, was taken down and rebuilt. 

To find out more about St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold, click here.

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Phil Balding, 28/04/2018

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