Huge challenge for tiny village

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VILLAGERS in Aston-le-Walls are faced with another huge fundraising challenge if they are to save their church.

The community must raise £50,000 for repairs to the church roof and stone work as part of phase two of their 10-year repair programme.

Phase one saw the villages raise £45,000, without the need of a grant, to repair the tower on the Grade One listed, 13th-century, St Leonard’s Church.

Now English Heritage have agreed to fund half of the repairs to the roof, costing £100,000, if the villagers can show they are well underway with fundraising by Christmas.

Church warden Johnnie Lloyd-Morgan said: “I believe we can do it. It’s a huge mountain but little bits add up and we can get there.

“What is amazing about Aston-le-Walls is that it is just a little village with only 300 people but when something like this happens everyone comes together, and it isn’t just people who come to church all the time, it’s everyone.”

Mr Lloyd-Morgan said the church have already raised £15,000, some of which was left over from phase one of the repairs while the rest has been raised or donated.

The church held their first funraising event on Friday with a Pate, Plonk and Pud night at the village hall. They raised more than £300 when 25 people turned out in support of the cause.

Mr Lloyd-Morgan said: “It was a great night, delicious!”

Their next fundraisers will include a casino night, a disco and a Christmas wreath workshop.

A wine tasting will also take place at the village hall on November 2.

Tickets are £10 and can be purchased from Susan Fagg on 01295 660 886.