A gift day held at All Hallows Church, Mitton, raised more than £3,500 for repairs to its west tower.
During last winter, the high winds and torrential rain caused the pointing to fail on the tower of the 12th century Grade I listed building
This caused major problems both to the interior and exterior of the building. Three sides of the tower need to be repointed to make the church watertight, and interior walls re-plastered.
The estimated cost for the work needed is in excess of £40,000. To avoid further damage, it was decided to commence the repair work this summer, hopefully during fine weather.
With scaffolding now up, the repair work is underway and should take around three months to complete.The Church is currently without a vicar, and so the church wardens and church treasurer have taken on the task of arranging for the work to be done and raising the money needed to complete the project.
Grants have been applied for, and it is hoped that some of the costs, such as the VAT, can be reclaimed, but there is still a lot of money for this small rural church to find.
The gift day was one idea on how to raise the much needed funds. After gift aid, it is hoped the day will have raised more than £3,500, much of this coming from the loyal congregation and people in the area who have a connection to the church, either from long-standing family links or because they were married at the church.
Further donations would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to the treasurer, Mrs S. Dugdale at Greenbanks, Grindleton, BB7 4RL.