Unfortunately the roof timbers have been found to be in much worse condition that was originally thought during the opening up inspection. The medieval oak rafters are so rotten in places that pieces of wood have disappeared, although the wood that remains is as hard as rock. The Victorian restoration 150 years ago used rather light weight pinewood and extensive A frames and tethering are now required to support the the roof. Sadly, the extra cost of strengthening the roof of the whole building is £50,000, but we have had generous emergency top up grants and donations that have reduced the deficit to £22,000. On top of this, the tower roof has just been found to have significant problems still under investigation. CAN YOU HELP PLEASE? click here

The weak vitorian supersrtucture has been removed and replaced with a much stronger framework. The medieval beams remain underneath and help to keep the ceiling up

The weak vitorian supersrtucture has been removed and replaced with a much stronger framework. The medieval beams remain underneath and help to keep the ceiling up