Preserved for Prayer and Posterity

by Gerry Lynch last modified 16 Oct, 2013 01:44 PM

Trusts and villagers help with roof repairs at 13th Century church in the North West Dorset village of Ryme Intrinseca

Preserved for Prayer and Posterity

Tony Fry, Deanery Representative for Dorset Historic Churches Trust (far right) presents a cheque for £4,000 to the Revd Simon Brignall, Rachel Clarkson (PCC), Sue Batten (PCC), Mike Batten (PCC), Sue Footner (Church Warden), Ian Scott (Treasurer).

Charities and committed members of the community have helped St Hippolytus Church in Ryme Intrinseca complete essential repair work to the church’s roof.

Whilst carrying out some minor repairs following the Quinquennial inspection to the church in 2011, it was found that many of the nave roof tiles at St Hippolytus were no longer securely fastened, due to failing nails. The decision was taken by the church PCC to raise the funds necessary for the existing roof tiles to be lifted off, the fastening nails replaced with new and the tiles re-laid.

Ryme Intrinseca is a village with a population of only 112, and St Hippolytus has an church Electoral Roll of 45. Both churchgoers and others in the village are committed to preserving their community's only place of worship, a vital part of its heritage and history. Fundraising events received strong community support and many dug deep.

The small population made raising the total project cost of £11,800, so the shortfall was raised through grants from the Erskine-Muton Trust, Batten Charitable Trust, Allchurches Trust and Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT), alongside local donations and fundraising events.

St Hippolytus' Church dates to the 13th Century, and is one of only two churches in England dedicated to the saint. Hippolytus was an important theologian of the Church in the early 3rd Century became Bishop of Ostia in Italy and was later martyred for his faith. While some of his extensive writings have been lost, a significant amount survives. Hippolytus was particularly concerned with preserving the orthodox doctrines of the Holy Trinity and the nature of God.

Frome-based company, West Country Tiling, working with church architect Chris Romain, began the meticulous work in August, by removing the existing tiles across the north and south slopes of the nave roof.  Unfortunately the existing roof tiles were not of a standard size and couldn’t be matched, therefore new standard tiles had to be used on the south slope of the roof, conserving the existing tiles for the north slope.

Tony Fry, Deanery Representative for Dorset Historic Churches Trust recently presented a cheque for £4,000 towards repairs, commenting: “The Trust is delighted to be able to award this grant to St Hippolytus, in order for the roof repair works to be completed, before the winter weather returns.

“The work has been completed in around two months, which is testament to the dedication of the team at West Country Tiling, Chris Romain and the congregation at St Hippolytus.”

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