Church of England Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich Hartest with Boxted

New roof for Hartest Church

23 Sep 2020, 10:45 p.m.
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The work to replace the stolen lead on the South Aisle and Lady Chapel Roof <span style="font-size: 1rem;">began at the beginning of September. This is a mammoth task and </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">represents the culmination of months of work and fundraising. </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">So far, we have received grant awards of £13,000 from the National </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Churches Trust and the Wolfson Foundation and £1,800 from All Churches </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Trust and £2,500 from Suffolk Historic Churches Trust. We await news from </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">four other grant providers to whom applications have been made. Applying to </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">and liaising with grant providers was an extremely long and arduous process </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">and I am particularly grateful to Karen and Geoff Knight and Llewela Selfridge </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">who gave up so much of their valuable time and expertise to ensure the best </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">possible outcome. </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">On top of that we have received approximately £14,000 in voluntary </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">donations and I am grateful to David and Gill Leeming and Colin and Lorraine </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Line for their tireless help in spearheading the fund-raising campaign and the </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">Friends of Hartest Church for their huge support and particularly to all of </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">those who contributed so generously.</span>

With the limited pay out of £7,500 from our insurers this means that we have <span style="font-size: 1rem;">now raised the £35,000 needed to carry out this essential work. </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">We now have a roof alarm – I imagine some of you may have heard it when </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">the scaffolders and roofers managed to set it off! – and so our insurance </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">cover is now unlimited.</span>

At the time of going to press work will also have begun to install the long awaited toilet and kitchen facilities in the church. My thanks again to David <span style="font-size: 1rem;">Leeming and to Ralph Carpenter and Jane Ackroyd and the Friends whose </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">tireless efforts in fund raising and planning over recent months and years </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">made this happen. </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">This is an exciting time for our Church and we are determined that it will </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">continue for many centuries to be not only a place for regular Christian </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">worship and fellowship but also as a valuable resource for our school and </span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">community. Andrew Jackson</span>