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£2m appeal launched to repair and restore Salisbury church

St Thomas's church ( Faye)

7:20am 14th January 2018

A £2 million appeal is launched today (Sunday 14th January) to safeguard the future of St Thomas's Church in Salisbury.

Tucked away among shops, the 15th Century church is popular with locals, particularly the Christmas Tree Festival which this year attracted almost 13,000 people this year.

Meanwhile visitors from all over the world are drawn to the Doom Painting, a mural which depicts the Last Judgement.

The building is in need of repairs and restoration as is the painting.

The team behind the appeal say fundraising initiative is necessary to help save the church building and to enable the church community to carry on and expand their mission in the city.

The appeal is being led by a charitable organisation, The Guild of St Thomas and St Edmund.

WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE WORK ENTAIL?

The work includes repairing parts of the roof and fixing the Doom Painting as well as cleaning up parts of the building which have got very dirty over the years to reveal hidden paintwork.

St Thomas's church roof ( Faye)

The renovation programme also includes sorting the electrics and the lights and replacing the seating as well as improving the staging.

St Thomas's pews ( Faye)

WHY?

Reverend Kelvin Inglis told Spire FM it's important to preserve the church for future generations.

"We want to make sure this church will survive and continue to be a really good building for all the different uses it has for future generations."

"We've got to keep this building looking good, its our responsibility, its been handed to us and we've got to hand it on."

You can find out more about the restoration and repair appeal and how to get involved on the St Thomas's Church website at www.stthomassalisbury.co.uk

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