Church of England Diocese of Peterborough Badby

8. Roof Repair Project

The quinquennial inspection in April 2017, carried out to meet the Heritage Lottery Fund grant application for the Pew Platforms Project, revealed that the timber supports for the nave roof gutters behind the parapet were weak and flexed as the architect walked along them.  We had earlier had a deluge into the pulpit so weren't completely surprised.

In order to reveal the timber it is necessary to remove some of the roof tiles.  These contain chrysotile and were fitted in 1975 when there were insufficient funds to replace defective lead with new.  Removal will cause them to crumble.  We have sought advice from the Senior Conservation Planning Officer and can replace the tiles with terne-coated stainless steel to match the north aisle roof.  We have been granted full planning permission by the Daventry District Council in January 2020 and a Faculty by the Chancellor of the Diocese in November 2020.  While we have contractors working at height, some masonry repairs, clock face decoration and down pipe repairs have been included in the contract.

The architect has worked up the full specifications for the work.  We know the costs are going to be around £93,000 including 20% VAT.   We have £20,470 in the Restoration Fund and we acknowledge with great thanks further written promises and donations totalling £21,550 from the Frances Coales, Dorothy Johnson Charitable Trusts, Sir Derek Greenaway Foundation, Allchurches TrustNorthamptonshire Historic Churches Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation.  We anticipate that the VAT will be covered by the Listed Places of Worship Grant scheme.  We need to raise the rest of the money through more donations, fund-raising events, grants and  before we can start.  

In the meantime we hope the temporary sticky tape patches will continue to keep the water out! 

Donations of all sizes will be welcomed by the PCC Treasurer:

      Account Name: PCC Badby Church Restoration Fund

      Account No: 07106240

      Sort Code: 30-92-55


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