THE REVEREND of a iconic Malvern church has said he has been delighted with the response to a fund-raising drive to replace its roof.
In February the town’s Holy Trinity Church announced it was looking to raise a total of £177,000 to replace stone tiles of the nave and south aisle which had become badly damaged following more than 150 years of wear and tear.
At the time Revd David Nichol, vicar at the North Malvern Road church, said the whole roof needed replacing and it had become too dangerous to carry out individual repairs because parts of the roof were difficult to access safely.
And since then the church has received a number of generous donations including a recent £8,000 grant from Severn Waste Service’s Welcome To Our Future fund. The appeal now stands at £68,000 and Revd Nichol said he was delighted the church have raised so much in just six months.
“It is very encouraging for all concerned with the appeal to receive a substantial grant of this size (£8,000) and it will help to maintain a major landmark in North Malvern,” he said.
“It is wonderful to receive money from this fund which channels money from landfill to projects that help maintain the historic environment.
“If current progress in fund raising is maintained, we hope to start work early next year. If we raise £80,000 then it means the contractor can start the works.
“It has been very pleasing to see such wonderful community spirit and so many have helped play their part to the appeal so far.”
Alongside the grants the church has received or applied for, church members are organising a wide range of fund raising events and local people have also been invited to sponsor a slate.
Visit www.holytrinitymalvernroofappeal.btck.co.uk to donate or for more information about the appeal.