14th Century Church Being Restored

by Gerry Lynch last modified 14 Aug, 2014 09:12 PM

North Dorset Church Carries Out Work on Historic Windows.

14th Century Church Being Restored

L to R: Pauline Hesford, Churchwarden Graham Dyke, Daphne Watts, David Roe, Reverend Andrea Hagenbuch, Sally-Anne Barrett, Helen Vaughan, Tina Aldred, Churchwarden Jenny Sledge, Church Treasurer Pat Read and glazier Jon Callan from Stained Glass.

St John the Baptist’s Church in Buckhorn Weston, North Dorset, is currently being restored. Work is currently underway to replace the saddle bars on the church windows, along with a number of glass panes and to install new window guards. The work follows extensive renovation that was urgently required to repair the church’s roof and stonework following the  quinquennial survey in 2007. 

A recent donation of £5,000 meant the Dorset Historic Churches Trust has contributed a total of £17,500 to restoring St John the Baptist's. The first grant, for £10,000, was made in 2008 went towards retiling the church roof and the roof of the church’s 15th century tower. This was followed by a grant of £2,500 in 2012, which helped to replace damaged stonework on the exterior of the church. 

The Heritage Lottery Fund, Erskine Muton Trust, National Churches Trust, Ecclesiastical Group and the Alan Evans Memorial Trust are among other bodies  which  have helped meet the sum required for the renovation work. The St John the Baptist’s Restoration Appeal Committee  also contributed with an impressive programme of fundraising events, including concerts, open gardens, yard sales and flower festivals.

Sally-Anne Barrett, Blackmore Vale Deanery Representative for DHCT, commented: “The Trust was delighted to be able to award this grant to St John the Baptist’s Church, in order for the repair work to the windows to be completed. The work has revealed that some of the windows date back to the original 14th century building, prior to the extensive Victorian restoration, and the stained glass panes were last replaced in the 1860s. This church is steeped in history, dating back to medieval England, and is a real cultural and spiritual asset to the local area. It will be wonderful to see the church restored to its former glory once again!”

Reverend Andrea Hagenbuch of St John the Baptist’s Church added: “We are very grateful for the donation from Dorset Historic Churches Trust that has made the restoration work possible and for the outstanding fundraising activities of our parishioners. This is a church that is well-loved by the local community and we will all be delighted to see the work completed.”

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