Repairs Complete at Lytchett Minster

by Gerry Lynch last modified 03 Apr, 2014 11:30 AM

Fifteenth century parish church completes vital repairs, helped by grants from Dorset Historic Churches Trust and Erskine Muton Trust.

Repairs Complete at Lytchett Minster

Church Warden Graham Hall, Team Rector Rev Jean de Garis, DHCT Deanery Representative Stuart Turvey, Church Warden Margaret Stevens, parishioners Jeff Neagle and Eric Stevens.

Lychett Minster Parish Church to complete repairs to the main entrance of the beautiful church building, which dates back to the fifteenth century. Local fundraising activities were generously assisted by grants from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust and Erskine Muton Trust.

Once the specification had been drawn up by Poole-based RLM Architects, work to remove and completely replace the old porch roof at the main entrance was carried out by Matrod Frampton building contractors. The roof had deteriorated over time and had become unsafe. Now smart and fully secure, the new roof is a real asset to the entrance of the church.

Stuart Turvey, Poole Deanery Representative for the Dorset Historic Churches trust, said, “The Trust was delighted to be able to award this grant to Lychett Minster, in order for the important repair work to the porch roof to be completed. The porch is integral for access to the church, so it was very important to ensure it was safe and secure.”

Church Warden at Lychett Minster, Margaret Stevens, added, “We are very grateful for the donations from Dorset Historic Churches Trust, Erskine Muton the fundraising activities of local parishoners. Stuart’s support and encouragement was invaluable throughout the repair work. We’re delighted with the new porch roof, it looks fantastic and it’s a real relief to have it sorted.”

Based in Dorset? Does your church need financial assistance with repairs?

The Dorset Historic Churches Trust assists churches of any denomination in the county with repairs in certain circumstances and, in a more limited range of cases, with improvements. More information from their website.

The Erskine Muton Trust makes grants to C of E churches in Dorset for church buildings. Frant allocations are made on the recommendation of a diocesan review committee. More details here.

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