By Ian Dipple Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 13/09 10:39
AN APPEAL has been launched to raise £40,000 to repair a church bell tower dating back to the 14th century.
Significant erosion over time of the stonework of the tower at St Peter’s Church at Abbots Morton, near Inkberrow, has resulted in the need for work to be carried out.
The problem was discovered following a routine five-yearly inspection of the Grade 1 listed church, which dates back to Saxon and Norman times.
Although the tower is not currently in danger of falling down or bits falling off it, without the work the risk of that happening will increase in the future.
A fund-raising committee made up of members of Abbots Morton Parochial Church Council has been set up to raise the cash and so far £12,000 has been pledged.
It is hoped the money can be raised in two years time as work needs to start by February 2016.
The appeal was launched at a recent open evening attended by guest speaker Tim Bridges, chairman of the Worcestershire and Dudley Historic Church Trust.
Colin Pemberton, chairman of the fund-raising committee, said: “St Peter’s at Abbots Morton is a beautiful little church which is enjoyed by parishioners and by visitors from all over the world. Raising £40,000 to repair the tower is a tall order for a small parish but we are confident we can do it.”
More details about the appeal and the work involved are available by visiting www.abbotsmortonbelltower.co.uk or call Mr Pemberton on 01386 792549.
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