Raising the Roof

We have been busy raising funds for work needed to make our lovely Grade 1 listed building fit for the future.

Thanks to the generosity of many people and trusts such as the National Churches Trust, our church roof is safe again. But there is more work to be done, for example pointing work on the walls. You can help us by donating here. Thanks!

For over 1000 years, the people of Weaverham have worshipped here. This lovely old Church, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, built of local red sandstone, over-looks the winding River Weaver valley from which Weaverham takes its name. During this time generations have cared for the building, now it is our turn.

Every five years our architect gives the building its “health check”. This time he found that work was needed to maintain the building and keep it in good order for the future. There were problems with the roof and also the pointing of the stones. We found that water was getting in when the rain is accompanied by strong winds . Following the generous response to our fund raising, the roof is now fixed. But pointing and other work  is needed and if we do not carry out these repairs the fabric of the building will deteriorate .

Looking to the future we are thinking of ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We should try to become carbon neutral and help reduce our contribution to the climate change crisis. Unfortunately, all these things cost money so during 2024 we will be looking at ways of raising these funds.

The information leaflet can be downloaded here: Information handout

The first event and formal launch of the appeal was a Music Concert on 20 May 2023. It was brilliant, the church full and we raised over £1000.

We also raised over £1000 at the Promise auction on 15 July. Generous bids were made for boat trips, meals, craft activities, photo restoration and many others.

The Abseiling and family fund day on 2 Sep raised over £4500! See separate post with video.

In 2024: the Ukulele Band concert in January raised £155 and the Sweet Rhythm Big Band concert in February raising £763. Plus we had a great evening dining with Adrian and Bridget Plass on 16 March 2024, raising £281 towards the appeal. Thank you everyone!

Next event: 27 April.

Watch this space for other details and help keep St Mary’s alive for the next 1000 years.

Thanks for your support!