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**** The Latest - Some Good News At Last and Keeping On With Fundraising ****

On the night of Friday 13th November 2015 most of the metal was stolen from our roof.  We covered the roof with tarpaulins as quickly as we could but since then we have had to fight Storms during the winter and then deal with the wettest spring and early summer on record. 

We estimated that we would need to find around £100,000 just to repair the roof.    Our insurers only paid out £7,500. In July 2016 we were awarded a grant of £59,500 by the Listed Places Of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. This still left us to raise over £40,000 ourselves. With help from friends of St Mary's from around the world and fundraising events at the The Granary , which helped us organise a very successful Craft Fayre in the Spring and a Quiz Night in November; the Pytchley Hunt  which organised a Grey Drag Hunt ; Yvonne Bell  http://christian-art.vpweb.co.uk/  who put on a Silk Demonstration and to the many individuals and parishes who made contributions we raised enough to award a repair contract in November 2016. 

Work started on permanent repairs in February 2017.  Initially it had been hoped that the old gutters, which the thieves had not taken would be able to be reused, but on closer inspection they proved too badly damaged and new gutters had to be fabricated and installed. The next task was to remove the temporary tarpaulins and replace them by permanent underlay. In the middle of this process we had rain and snow but had to battle on so that the roof was exposed to the elements as little as possible. In the better weather that followed the copper strips to cover the Nave were fabricated and were installed just in time before storm Doris hit the church. Work was finally completed in time for the Bishop's visit in March.

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The organ has now been serviced and the damage caused to it by damp repaired. We now need to complete the remaining internal repairs which we expect to cost another £10,000.

We will be most grateful of any help you are able to give us to reach our target. You can donate using PayPal, JustGiving, or cheque. Details are set out below. Thanks for anything you can do.




By cheque made out to 'PCC Fawsley' and posted to 'Roof Appeal, Lakes Rise, Fawsley, NN11 3BA'. If you are a UK taxpayer and can send us a completed gift aid form too that would be much appreciated.