St. John’s Restoration & Renewal Campaign Report – Aug 2022

Good progress is being made on the church roof. 

Despite a few surprises once work got underway, work is planned to complete just a little later than planned in early September. The need to reboard the whole roof, some very worn coping stones and an angry hive of honeybees that needed removing were just some of those surprises. We pray that the remaining work will continue safely and smoothly. Please take care if you are using the churchyard during the works. Thanks to all involved. 

Simon raised an amazing £1,350 from his sponsored cycle from Preston to Moffat towards the cost of replacing the church roof. We are very grateful for his mighty effort! 

We are also very grateful to Karen & Steve for inviting St. John’s Church to provide the Teas at their NGS Open Garden Days. A huge thanks to all the bakers who provided such a delicious spread and to the volunteers who served. £351.65 was raised towards the roof replacement. 

As I write this, the Village Fete is due to take place in the next week in the beautiful grounds of Ryhall Hall, thanks to the 

generosity of Janine and Nick. This wonderful village event can only happen because of the support of so many people who help out – 

volunteers on the stalls and games, running the raffle, serving refreshments in the Tea Tent and drinks at the bar, or planning the event which involves so many people and businesses who come to visit or provide services, entertainment and goods to sell. A special thanks to Michelle for leading the planning and organisation without whom the event could not have happened. We are very grateful that proceeds will be going to support St. John’s Church and good causes in the village. 


The Library will be open throughout the month of August, and our Open House vol-unteers will be ready and keen to serve you every Tuesday and Friday afternoon. 

Parents of young children are reminded that the Library offers an excellent oppor-tunity to occupy young minds during the long days of the summer holiday period, either by borrowing from our extensive collection of children’s books or by making use of our three high-speed broadband computers. 

The Knit ‘n’ Natter group has recently attracted some new members, and would welcome more still at their meeting on Tuesday 9th August. And anyone wishing to extend their knowledge of their family’s history can do so on any Tuesday afternoon under the experienced guidance of our resident mentor. 

Adrian Gombault