Roof Repair Fund
We are very grateful for support received from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.
Availability of grant was announced December 2014 for essential roof repairs to listed churches, with claims to be submitted by 31 January 2015. As a Grade 'A' listed building, we were eligible to submit a claim and became one of only 500 or so successful applicants throughout the UK.
The three main elements of our claim were:
- eradication of dry rot in one of main roof support trusses;
- elimination of water ingress at fleche (a small arrow-shaped steeple);
- placing copper strips along apex of main north-facing high roof of church to prevent future build-up of moss.
The original projected cost was £77,000 (£64,000 net of recoverable VAT) and our original grant award was £52,000. The balance was to be met from our own funds.
Following discovery that a second truss was affected by dry rot and with other adjustments to the original proposal concerning repairs to the fleche, Listed Places of Worship kindly agreed to give us further financial assistance.
The revised projected cost was £118,000 (£98,000 net of recoverable VAT) and the revised grant award was £81,000. Again, the balance had to be met from our own funds.
We initially envisaged that it would be possible to repair the affected truss, retaining the "shell" for cosmetic purposes. In reality, both trusses were so badly affected by dry rot that the lower sections had to be completely replaced. Temporary steelwork was needed to support the weight of the main roof whilst the work took place.
Work started in March 2015 and was scheduled to be completed in July. Because of the additional work the project was not completed until November.
We do not know how we could have coped with the financial consequences of this major and essential repair work without the huge assistance received from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. This has saved our church roof and should keep it watertight and free of dry rot for decades to come.
"The Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund is administered by the National Memorial Heritage Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)."