There is light at the end of the tunnel for a group campaigning to save a church after it was decided the building’s closure should be suspended.
St. Margaret’s Church, Thimbleby, is under threat of closure due to the need for urgent repairs to the roof which could cost up to £75,000.
However, a meeting of Diocesan representatives at Lincoln last month decided that the closure should be suspended for four months, pending further investigations by a structural surveyor and petrologist.
This would give time to assess and evaluate the extent of the necessary repairs and to ascertain the costs involved.
It has already been decided that, for safety reasons, the spire needs to be removed and capped temporarily until the required funds can be raised to rebuild it.
The Friends of St. Margaret’s Church also held a meeting at which Reverend John Parkin, a prominent member, explained the concept and function of a Development Team.
It was decided that St. Margaret’s Regeneration Group should be formed as a joint development team made up of committee members of the Friends and Thimbleby VCC, together with professional friends to organise and carry out the repairs to the church.
Thimbleby Village Church Committee will work together with the Friends with the aim of restoring the historic building for both worship and village community use.
The consensus of opinion is that both committees wish the Church and the Village Hall work together to provide a good range of uses for the benefit of Thimbleby’s community.
Fundraising for the restoration project is on-going and there are opportunities to donate or join the Friends of St. Margaret’s Church.
If you wish to do so, contact Treasurer Carolyn Page on 07500 663316 or email email@example.com
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