Raising the roof for vital repairs

A village church has launched an urgent appeal to raise money to carry out vital roof repairs.

St Katherine’s Church has been a focal point in the village of Rowsley for more than 150 years.

However the building is now in need of urgent repairs to the roof, as the almost half of the roof is rotting away.

English Heritage has inspected the building and included it on the At Risk register of buildings

This is a list of buildings in danger of rapid deterioration unless repairs are carried out urgently.

The Church Council has applied for a grant towards the £100,000 estimated cost of the repairs from English Heritage and has been fortunate enough to receive an offer of £48,000 towards the work.

This leaves the Church Council with £52,000 to find from other sources.

Church warden Ted Mellor said: “The church is very important to the village and it’s vital that the work gets done. It’ll go to rack and ruin if we don’t do something about it.

“The north side of the roof is in a terrible state and there are parts where you can see the sky through it.”

The roof has also succumbed to water damage, with water leaking through the holes causing damage to the plaster inside the church.

Village organisations and businesses have responded to the Save our Church appeal and The Peacock at Rowsley has organised a Save our Church Quiz to support the appeal.

The managers, Jenni and Ian MacKenzie, have now presented a cheque for £585 as the result of this effort to the appeal fund.

Donations towards the roof repair fund were also made from this year’s village flower festival, which was held in the church.

Ted added: “We’ve got various parishioners organising events, but there’s still a lot to do.”

Should anyone wish to know more about the appeal, or make a donation, they can call Ted Mellor on 01629 732202.