Roof repairs under way

Sprotbrough vicar Rev Tony Sophianou outside the grade one listed St Mary's Church.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1882LM
Sprotbrough vicar Rev Tony Sophianou outside the grade one listed St Mary's Church. Picture: Liz Mockler D1882LM

THE second phase of repair work to a medieval church is set to begin following a mammoth community fundraising effort.

The crumbling roof of Sprotbrough’s St Mary’s Church needed emergency restoration but with at least £200,000 to find, the prospect looked bleak for the village back in 2008.

However, following a huge appeal by the church, residents have rallied around to help repairs get under way.

The first phase of the project took place last year after generous residents helped raise around £150,000 to restore the roof, beams and rusty metal structures to the Grade-I listed building.

Now Rev Tony Sophianou has been delighted to announce that the church is talking to builders about beginning the second phase following an £89,000 grant from the English Heritage and further community fundraisers from fun-filled fairs to cracking Christmas stalls.

He said: “This phase includes repairing the chancel and aisle roofs. We are really pleased that the project is moving along. “We’ve just received a grant which has really helped and we would like to try and raise a further £60,000.

“We want the second phase to start as soon as possible and expect it to take about three months to complete.

“The community has raised a lot of money and they continue to do so, the never fail to surprise me about how generous they are.

“There has been some excellent efforts for fundraising and we’re very grateful for everyone’s hard-work and generosity.”

Further fundraisers are planned including a luncheon with friends event that will take place at the Stable restaurant in High Melton on Friday, March 23, at 12.30pm.

Tickets are £20 and can be bought from Betty Brockman, Barbara Perry or Wendy Taylor at the church in Main Street.

There is also further information of other community events at the village’s neighbouring methodist church in Park Drive.

For more details about the project, visit www.stmarys-sprotbrough.co.uk