Countdown is on for church fundraising

Holy Cross Church, Daventry.'Pictured are Canon Michael Webber and Peter Wagstaff  '( Church Warden )
Holy Cross Church, Daventry.'Pictured are Canon Michael Webber and Peter Wagstaff '( Church Warden )
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A PLAN of action will be drawn up this week (Friday) to help raise funds to save Daventry’s Holy Cross Church.

The church needs to raise £129,000 by the end of the year after architects found that the building needs serious repair work which will cost around £320,000.

Engish Heritage has put the church on its ‘at risk’ list and offered a major grant of £197,000. But that is dependant upon the church raising £129,000 by December.

Canon Michael Webber said: “It’s more than just a building, it’s a prime landmark in Daventry.

“We’ve been getting together a fundraising committee which will be meeting for the first time on Friday to come up with all sorts of ideas. There are 24,000 people in Daventry and if everybody gave £5 we would have enough money.”

Daventry Town Council was also approached this week about offering any support to the church.

The council said it cannot provide any financial support as it’s against policy, but it will help raise awareness for fundraising events.

Church warden Peter Wagstaff said: “Something has to be done because it’s only getting worse. There’s a footpath around the church and the danger is that parts of the roof could fall onto the path.

“We will be approaching charities who support church work but the most we are likely to receive is a small grant from each.

“It’s beyond our powers to raise this amount of money alone and that’s why we need people’s help.”