04:46PM, Friday 22 April 2016
Church warden Phil Taylor thanks the community for their help
Repairs to the north side of St Nicolas Church have been completed thanks to the support of the community.
The century-old church in High Street had works costing £84,000 to replace the lower roof, guttering and stone masonry.
A variety of grants, public fundraising and church fund reserves were pulled together to cover the cost of the works.
The south side of the church will be in need of repairs in two years time, though the problem of damp is not as severe as was on the north side.
Fundraising will begin now for the future works, but church warden Phil Taylor is waiting for the inauguration of the new vicar at the church before fundraising efforts are ramped up.
A remarkable £18,287 was raised by efforts of the Friends of St Nicolas Church along with the congregation and St Nicolas Primary School. A variety of events and personal donations went towards the total including an English cream tea with jazz, Burnham Concert Band performance and brass rubbing event.
Grants from various organisations including the Louis Baylis Charitable Trust were also received, and funds from the church’s roof restoration fund that it has been saving up for years were used.
Phil Taylor said: “The works will last us for 50 years, it had to be done to stop it crumbling away
“Thank you to each and everyone who donated we are most grateful.
“The workers have done a really good job. We could tell a difference inside the church straight away because we couldn’t feel the damp anymore.
“We will now start to fundraise slowly over the next couple of years for phase two.”
The roof repairs were completed in January with stone mason work done in the weeks after.
To find out more about how to donate to the church go to the Friends of St Nicolas Church Facebook page.