Church remains ‘at risk’

Restoration work has started but the rot in the tower roof is far more extensive than had first been thought
Restoration work has started but the rot in the tower roof is far more extensive than had first been thought

UPPER Beeding’s parish church is to remain on the Heritage at Risk register as villagers battle to fund roof repairs.

Despite the efforts of the Raise the Roof project, the 3bs Parish has not been able to find enough money for vital repairs the the Church Lane building.

The Rev John Challis explained when restoration work started on St Peter’s Church, formerly Sele Priory Benedictine monastery, it was discovered the rot in the tower roof was more extensive than they had first thought.

“Sadly, the parish has been unable to raise enough money to complete the work and the building will still remain on the English Heritage at risk register,” he added.

“We will carry on raising money for this wonderful old building but it looks like some of the planned work will have to wait for another time.

“This is frustrating when one considers that all the scafolding and infrastructure is in place now.”

He said the workmen had been carefully and skillfully taking the tower roof off and repairing the water damaged beams, repointing the flint walls and working on the valley gutter.

“Restoration work has started but as the pictures show, the rot in the tower roof is far more extensive than had first been thought,” he added.

“We need to find another £90,000 but we will not give up.”