St Mary the Virgin, Thorpe Arnold
Church Repair Funding Appeal
Recently the lead from the roof of the church was stolen. We are working hard to raise the money needed for the repairs to the roof and urgent repairs to correct the damp conditions inside the church.
To date a sum of £5,480 has been raised from events and donations. We have also received grants totalling £5,000 from the Jack Patson Trust and Helen Jean Cope Charity. Together with insurance proceeds and VAT grant (we can reclaim VAT as a Grade II * listed building) this totals about £60,000.This means we are half way to the total needed of £120,000 to do essential repairs.
Thorpe Arnold Church – heritage at risk!
We have just been told that following our lead theft, Historic England have put our church building on their Heritage at Risk Register. This means that they agree with us that the loss of our roofs and our serious problems with damp mean that Thorpe Arnold Church is now in danger of serious deterioration.
The good news is that they are not criticising us, rather it is an indication that we who are caring for an important part of the country’s heritage are facing significant challenges, which may require more resources than we can find locally.
The aim of the Register is to keep attention focused on buildings such as ours and to prioritise action by Historic England, local authorities, funding bodies and others who can play a part in making these irreplaceable buildings safe and sustainable for future generations.
Our hope is that by drawing attention to this ruling in our grant applications it will help us to secure grants and so begin repair work as soon as possible.
Can you help us? Contact the treasurer, Peter Stribblehill on 01664 853302 or email@example.com for information on how you can contribute to our work.
*We are working towards opening the church building for visitors on a more regular basis. In addition to service times the church will be open from 2pm to 4pm on Mondays July 15th, 22nd and 29th; Fridays from 10am to 3pm on July 12th and August 9th and Saturdays from 10am to 12noon on July 20th and August 17th.
*Don't miss Thorpe Arnold Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 27th from10.30am until 4pm. For more details click here.
St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold
Thorpe Arnold, just outside Melton Mowbray on the A607 to Grantham, has an ancient church with a nave dating from 800, and a very active, friendly and welcoming congregation.
Services are held at 9.45am each Sunday and, in addition, a quiet communion service at 6pm on the first Sunday of the month. The congregation support each other and the wider community with prayer partners, regular coffee mornings, lunches for senior citizens, social events, collecting provisions for Storehouse, supporting the wider parish and Churches Together in Melton Mowbray.
The church-owned Village Hall was refurbished beautifully and re-opened in the Spring of 2011 with wonderful facilities including a catering kitchen, sound system and Wi-Fi. It is available for social and corporate hire. Click here for more information. There are regular coffee mornings in the hall as well.
And for visitors interested in searching their ancestry, Mrs Gillian Lane has been a wonderful resource with many historical documents on hand.
The church is under the watchful eye of Tricia Lynott and Catherine Shenton, Churchwardens. Read the Churchwardens' Monthly Report to find out what has been going on in Thorpe Arnold.
HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
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. It was during the period that the medieval glass was removed. The only stained glass windows that we now have are late Victorian. The font dates back to 850AD.
Over the past 20 years, the nave and chancel roofs have been replaced, a new lighting scheme installed, external walls re-pointed, tracery windows repaired and a new set of 5 bells hung in the tower. In 2007, the Chancel was reordered, with the choir stalls being removed, new carpet being laid and new chairs purchased.
*Visit the Thorpe Arnold Village Hall website by clicking here.
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