HOPES the ‘internal waterfall’ at a Leamington church will finally cease have been raised following a much-needed grant.
All Saint’s Parish Church has been awarded a grant of more than £18,000 thanks to the Historic England Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund.
The cash will go towards a £30,000 project to patch up the roof in the south-eastern corner of the church – to stop the ‘internal waterfall’.
Vicar Christopher Wilson said: “The church roof is in very poor condition. At the moment, during heavy rain, we have a noisy waterfall inside the church close to the war memorial. That can be very distracting during services, as it was during the mayor’s civic service in October, and of course it’s causing further damage to the building. The funding will enable us to re-fix slipped slates, carry out repairs to flashings, gutters, and drainpipes, and do other miscellaneous but essential tasks.”
The scale of the building and lack of safe roof access mean work will be carried out by contractors using extra safety equipment. A van marked with company logo ‘Wallwalkers’ will be parked outside when workmen are onsite.
The project is in addition to the re-roofing of the organ loft which will re-commence in the new year following preliminary investigations.
Father Christopher added: “There are many pressing needs at present in our community and beyond, and we do urge people to be generous according to their means. If as part of that generosity anyone would like to contribute towards these essential repair projects, we would be most grateful.”
People are being welcomed back to the church this month and services will continue to be live-streamed for those at home.
Visit www.allsaintschurchleamington.org.uk for more information or to donate.