Church raises £20,000 for roof damage repairs

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A 14th century church can finally repair its damaged roof after it reached a £20,000 funding target.

Two years ago, capping stones on the top St Mary’s Church, in Tuddenham St Mary, fell off during the middle of the night.

Kathryn Parker, church warden, said the church was delighted to receive a range of grants and donations to repair the roof.

“It’s very important that this work gets done – the church is the centre of the village and we’re very pleased to receive these grants,” she said.

Ms Parker said the damage had affected funeral services at the church, as a re-routed path led coffin-bearers over uneven ground.

The church received money from groups including The Wolfson Foundation, Lord Belstead and an Historic Churches grant.

A further £1,000 was raised by a concert last summer.

The church has been looking to repair the roof over fears that water could leak into the building.

There were concerns that stones on the opposite side of the building could fall off, according to Ms Parker.

“There’s a danger that the capping stones on the other side could fall off.

“If there was a sharp frost or heat the stones could be loosened so the repairs will make sure that doesn’t happen,” she said.

A buttress is also going to be strengthened as part of the repairs.

Work on the roof is expected to be completed by the summer.