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

Hopefully, ground works associated with the roof replacement will have started in St. John’s Churchyard by the time you read this. The works are needed to address blocked drains either side of the south porch which will protect the building from water damage and are an essential part of preserving the integrity of the building, along with last year’s work to replace drainpipes and water goods, and the roof replacement due to start in June. Thanks to everyone who has helped to get us to this point in St. John’s Restoration & Renewal journey. 

Unfortunately, with steep increases in the price of materials and some additional unexpected costs, the funds raised for the estimated cost of the roof replacement have a shortfall of £9,500. If you feel you could donate to help fill this gap, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Rev Jo at revjosaunders@live.co.uk 

Please be careful if you are walking through the churchyard while building work is underway to avoid any accidents. Please also take care if you are using the site entrance from New Road, near the northwest of the church, as the wall has recently collapsed and is unstable. Rutland County Council, who are responsible for the upkeep and repairs of the wall, have been informed . 

The Churchyard Champions volunteers met in April for the first 2022 work day. We meet 10am-12pm one Saturday a month through to October to take care of the churchyard. If you’re interested in joining a future session, you don’t need to make any longer-term commitment. It’s very much a come as you’re able arrangement and new volunteers are always welcome to join our friendly group. 

Contact thesandrachapman@gmail.com for details and dates. 

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