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Saving Our Roof

      Stamping Copper      Covering the Nave     Internal Scaffolding    Repairs to Plaster - Also death watch beetle damage

**** Saving The Church Following The Roof Theft ****

The pictures above show our roof being repaired following the theft of all of the metal covering on 13th November 2015. It took us over a year to obtain the funding  necessary and before this work could start.  Although we managed to keep most of the rain out over this period there was still substantial water damage to the inside.

We finally got funds together and the permissions necessary to start repairs and work on the interior commenced on 1th March 2018. It was expected to take at least 6 weeks. As the Church is a grade 1 listed building all repair work has had to be approved by experts and carried out to the highest standards.

We estimated that we would need to find around £100,000 to complete these repairs.    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, fundraising events and many individuals and parishes who made contributions we raised enough to award the roof 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 2017.

After raising further funds work started on the internal repairs (mainly water damage to plaster) in April 2018. However, once the scaffolding was erected and a detailed examination could be made other problems were found including death watch beetle attack and damage to windows where the thieves had ripped off flashing from the outside. All this had to be repaired too. Work was finally completed by April 30th but cost another £38,000. This has left our funds more or less exhausted and we still need to carry out further work to refurbish the organ and point badly weathered external stonework. 

See the photo album (menu 'Your Photos' above).

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




Electronically by paying to our account with HSBC Daventry:,
Sort Code: 40-19-07
Account No: 71453009
Account Name: P C C FAWSLEY

Or by cheque made out to 'PCC Fawsley' and posted to 'Fabric 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.