Closure of village church in Lincolnshire suspended for four months
THE Prayers of Thimbleby villagers have been answered after a decision was made to suspend the closure of the church for a further four months.
Following on from a meeting of diocesan representatives it was decided that the closure of St Margaret's should be deferred for an initial period of four months allowing time for further detailed investigations by a structural surveyor and petrologist.
Treasurer and trustee of Friends of St Margaret's Church Carolyn Paige said: "This will give the surveyors time to assess and evaluate the exact extent of the necessary repairs required and ascertain the costs involved.
"It has already been decided that the spire needs to be removed, for safety reasons, and capped temporarily until the required funds can be raised to rebuild it."
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At a meeting of The Friends of St Margaret's Church, Reverend John Parkin explained the concept of a Development Team and the St Margaret's Regeneration Group was formed, made up of members of both the Friends Committee, Thimbleby VCC and professional Friends members, who would be able to organise and carry out the necessary repairs to Thimbleby Church.
At the February meeting, the overall opinion of the Village Church Committee was that it wished to work together with the Friends to help restore the beautiful and historic building and for it to be opened once again for both worship as well as community use.
It was also felt that the Church and the village hall should ultimately work together to provide a good range of available community uses for both buildings.
Carolyn added: "Fundraising is constantly on-going to meet the required costs for the Restoration of Thimbleby Church and donations are always gratefully received."
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Friends of St Margaret's Church Thimbleby or who would like to make a donation to the campaign should contact Carolyn Paige on 07500 663316 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
New member forms are also available to download from the Friends website at www.savethimblebychurch.co.uk