Raising the Roof

During 2023 we are raising funds for work which needs to be carried out to make our lovely Grade 1 listed building fit for the future.

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 are problems with the roof and also the pointing of the stones. It does not leak all the time, but we have found water getting in when the rain is accompanied by strong winds, so we need to fix all these areas. If we do not carry out these repairs the fabric of the building will deteriorate further and then it will leak all the time!

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 2023 we will be looking at ways of raising these funds.

The first event and formal launch was a Music Concert on 20 May. It was brilliant, the church full and we raised over £1000. Thank you everyone!

These the are next events…

Promise auction, 15 July: Bid for a boat trip, baby sitting or many others. Or offer a promise of your own. Get to know friends and neighbours and perhaps enjoy a new experience!

Abseiling, 2 Sep: Abseil down the church tower to help us and support a cause of your choice. Sign up for a slot with professional equipment and support for £52 and (if you wish) gather sponsors for your preferred cause. Sign up here.

Adrian Plass, 16 Sep: An evening with best-selling Christian comedy author and speaker Adrian Plass. Look out for details.

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

Most important of all, please donate here:

Thanks for your support!