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Restoration work on church completed after four-month project
RESTORATION work on a medieval church tower has been completed after a four-month long project.
St Peter’s Church in Long Bredy dates back to the 15th century and more than £40,000 was needed to restore the dilapidated tower.
The Dorset Historic Churches trust stepped in with a contribution of £9,500 to ensure the work was completed before the winter months.
Gale’s Building Conservation and church architect Daniel Cantrell undertook the painstaking work to restore the 600-year-old tower.
Ray Winter from St Peter’s Parochial Church Council said: “We are very grateful for the donation from Dorset Historic Churches Trust and for the fundraising activities from local parishioners. “The repair work to the tower has been needed for many years, so we are very relieved it has now been completed and visitors to the church can once again enjoy the magnificent tower restored to its full glory.”
St Peter’s was heavily restored in the 1840s but the poor state of the tower had meant that loose masonry and render had made conditions for those visiting the church’s graveyard dangerous.
Organisations including the National Churches Trust, the Erskine Mouton Trust, the Wolfson Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Alun Evans Trust and the All Churches Trust and local fundraising activities all contributed to the overall fund.
In addition, a regular team of local parishioners have raised thousands of pounds over recent years taking part in the annual DHCT Ride and Stride event.
Established by Sir Owen Morshead in 1960, the Dorset Historic Churches Trust is a voluntary run charity that raises funds and provides around £100,000 each year to Dorset’s churches and chapels of all Christian denominations, to assist the increasing costs of maintenance, restoration and improving facilities.
Andrew Boggis, Deanery representative for Dorset Historic Churches Trust, said: “The trust was delighted to be able to award this grant to St Peter’s.”