Consultation over church repair

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PEOPLE can have their say on plans for the development of a village church.

The project, which will cost £500,000, will be to repair stonework to the tower and spire of St Margaret’s Church in Crick.

It has taken around four and a half years to raise the money at various events which have been organised by The Friends of St Margaret’s Church.

Money has also come from English Heritage who have helped out with the project, who gave a grant last year.

Dave Milne, treasurer and membership secretary of the friends, said: “It will be good to get the ball rolling and I don’t think we will get any objections as we have had a lot of support from English Heritage in carrying out this work.

“We have had to raise a lot of money and this will hopefully be the first stage in getting the church repaired.”

Previous events to raise funds include a Scarecrow Weekend and Christmas Tree Festival.

The group is still looking for an extra £20,000 before March next year to fully complete the work.

Mr Milne added: “Anyone who feels that they could help us out, then please feel free to get in touch.”

The plans, which also include some restoration work to some windows, can be seen by visiting Crick Marina.

Work is expected to start on the church in April or May this year.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the efforts to raise the remaining £20,000 can do so by contacting Mr Milne on 01788 824670.

More on the restoration can be found at www.crick.org.uk/fosm.