Lytchett Minster Parish Church able to finish repairs to porch roof thanks to grant

Bournemouth Echo: Praise the roof: historic church able to finish repairs on 'unsafe' porch thanks to grant Praise the roof: historic church able to finish repairs on 'unsafe' porch thanks to grant

A CHURCH whose history dates back to medieval times has been able to finish repairs to its main entrance with the aid of a grant.

Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) helped Lytchett Minster Parish Church repair the roof of its porch, which had deteriorated and become unsafe.

The £5,000 work was completed with the help of £2,000 from the trust as well as a contribution from the Erskine Muton Trust and local fundraising.

Poole-based RLM Architects drew up the specification and building contractor Matrod Frampton removed and completely replaced the old porch roof.

Stuart Turvey, deanery representative for DHCT, said: “The trust was delighted to be able to award this grant to Lytchett Minster, in order for the important repair work to the porch roof to be completed.

“The porch is integral for access to the church, so it was very important to ensure it was safe and secure.”

Church warden Margaret Stevens said: “We are very grateful for the donation from Dorset Historic Churches Trust and from the fundraising activities of local parishioners.

“Stuart’s support and encouragement was invaluable throughout the repair work.

“We’re delighted with the new porch roof.

“It looks fantastic and it’s a real relief to have it sorted.”

There has been a church on the site since at least the 12th century. The bell tower dates from 1420 and the nave from 1833.

The vicar of Lytchett Minster, the Rev Jean De Garis, saluted the work of DCHT.

“They really went out of their way to be helpful to us,” he said.

“We had three cyclists from our church who raised a really good amount of money as well so it was a win-win and we’re incredibly grateful to them for their support.”

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10:34am Sun 30 Mar 14

Derf says...

So one of the richest organisations in the country need hand outs from trusts to get a bit of repointing done?
So one of the richest organisations in the country need hand outs from trusts to get a bit of repointing done? Derf
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11:55am Sun 30 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Why on earth are Churches like this receiving grants from anybody, because as an establishment the Church of England holds one of the largest and most valuable property portfolios in the UK?
Why on earth are Churches like this receiving grants from anybody, because as an establishment the Church of England holds one of the largest and most valuable property portfolios in the UK? muscliffman
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1:35pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Buddles says...

muscliffman wrote:
Why on earth are Churches like this receiving grants from anybody, because as an establishment the Church of England holds one of the largest and most valuable property portfolios in the UK?
Maybe it's a case of "asset rich but cash poor"?
I know what you mean though.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Why on earth are Churches like this receiving grants from anybody, because as an establishment the Church of England holds one of the largest and most valuable property portfolios in the UK?[/p][/quote]Maybe it's a case of "asset rich but cash poor"? I know what you mean though. Buddles
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4:20pm Sun 30 Mar 14

60plus says...

It's most probably like the RLNI all of the induevigal lifeboat stations have to find their own money but the headquarters are rich,
It's most probably like the RLNI all of the induevigal lifeboat stations have to find their own money but the headquarters are rich, 60plus
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6:14pm Sun 30 Mar 14

sea poole says...

Ignoring the posts above -well done to Lytchett Minster parish for making the effort to save your heritage
Ignoring the posts above -well done to Lytchett Minster parish for making the effort to save your heritage sea poole
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