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Appeal launched to save historic Butterwick church
10:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A UNIQUE church is in need of urgent repairs to help ensure the future of the historic building.
Butterwick church, which is set in a hamlet of just nine house, is the focal point for the surrounding family community and has been a place of worship for five generations.
The Rev Stephen Gamble, vicar of the parish, said plaster falling from the interior of the roof has signified an urgent need to have the building re-roofed, while the creaking floor had been diagnosed as having shattered supporting beams.
“To ensure the future of this unique place of worship and local landmark, we need raise £34,000 and are trying to raise awareness of this to the wider community,” he said.
“The church is an absolutely delightful place to visit as it is so remote and when you go you really feel as though you are separated from the world.”
Rev Gamble said despite its grand name the church was a chapel-like building, standing on rising ground.
“When you go into the church you do feel lifted up as the big windows fill the place full of light,” he said.
“It is such a peaceful place to go and is used a lot by the local community and people who want to find some peace and quiet.”
To start the fundraising, a day of ‘Tranquility and Beauty’ with botanical illustrator Bridget Gillespie is being held on Saturday, September 14, from 10am.
Bridget was the illustrator for The Northern Pomona and has won gold medals for her work from the Royal Horticultural Society. The exhibits will be for sale, with a donation going to the restoration fund.
PCC member Henry Leeson will also be showing his carvings in wood, and the joint exhibition will have a backdrop of flowers.
Church member Jill Hopkins said: “We hope people can enjoy beauty in the peaceful and special surroundings of Butterwick Church.
“It is really to encourage as many people as possible to ‘step inside’ and feel able to support our restoration project with a donation.”
Churchwarden Tom Peace said there was the determination to see the job through.
“We Butterwickians are a hardy lot and we are not afraid of a challenge,”he said.
“The only heating in the church in the depths of winter is a few electric radiators but the carol service is always packed and joyful.
“We have to start work on restoring the building soon or we may end up having to attend church wearing hard hats.”
Anyone who would like to help with the church appeal should phone Rev Stephen Gamble on 01751 474961 or visit www.easyfunding.org
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