£140,000 repairs to St Mary’s Church, East Brent

THE rector of a parish church undergoing a £140,000 renovation project says a steady income is needed to keep it open as he admits ‘resources are stretched’.

Reverend Kevin Wright speaks as work progresses at St Mary’s Church, East Brent.

He said a “significant initial personal donation” and “other generous donations” enabled a program to make the roof waterproof and weatherproof to begin last spring.

The first phase of work on the roof of the north aisle, aided by a £50,000 grant from Viridor Credits, was completed last summer, preventing further damage to the Jacobean plaster ceiling of the nave and d other valuable artifacts.

Viridor Credits is putting up a further £10,000 for repairs to the south side of the porch, with work starting this month and due to be completed by Easter.

In the meantime, the chancel roof at the east end has also been repaired with funding mainly from the Church Commissioners, who are responsible for this section of the building.

As with most village churches like this, it is primarily the responsibility of the local parish to maintain the majority of the fabric.

Three Saints Parish has three notable historic buildings.

Reverend Kevin Wright said: “Thanks to generous donations and grants, it has been great to be able to stop the roof rot and bring this beautiful building back to life.

“We’re not going to be the generation to let these places of worship close if we can help it, but resources are limited.

“Churches like this bear witness to a real faith that has been practiced here for centuries and, while worship does not require a building and we often worship outdoors, the historicity in the stones stands as a public testimony. of a living faith in Jesus, the same yesterday today and forever.

“We need to find regular revenue for the buildings to keep them open.”

Jerry B. Hatch