Just TWO months left to save Amesbury Church

Just TWO months left to save Amesbury Church

Published by Jack Deery at 12:26pm 10th January 2020.

3 minute read

There are fears the roof at the St Mary and St Melor Church could collapse if work is not done.

For over a year, the St Mary and St Melor Church in Amesbury have been fundraising to try and repair the building. 

One of the wooden trusses, that keep the roof held up, was in such poor condition that it was becoming unsafe for people to visit with bits of plaster falling off the ceiling. 

St Mary and St Melor Church in Amesbury - Jack
There is serious damage to one of the trusses which are keeping the roof up

After meetings with engineers and architects, the church were told they would have to raise £350,000 and the contractors would need the money upfront in March for the work to start. 

There are now fears that in a couple of months the roof could collapse as it is need of urgent repair. 

St Mary and St Melor Church in Amesbury - Jack
Contractors will need the money upfront in March before work can start

Thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses, so far they have managed to raise £175,000 with more money coming from grants. 

But they are still around £50,000 off of their target, and if they can't find the money within two months, they could have to close Amesbury's oldest building permanently. 

Mark Verbinnen, Head of Fundraising, said: 

"About two years ago we started getting reports that the roof here was not in a great condition so at that point we started fundraising and aimed to raise £200,000. 

Since then, about 7 or 8 months ago, we had a full condition report done and the roof was in a lot more serious condition than we originally thought. 

I think it's going to be a difficult task, we're struggling but we really are hopeful we can do it."

St Mary and St Melor Church in Amesbury - Jack
The church is the oldest building in Amesbury

The church are still trying to run as many fundraising events as possible, but they also have a just giving page for online donations which you can find here.

St Mary and St Melor Church Just Giving page
They are taking online donations from members of the public

Mark also says that it's so important it is kept open:  

"This church has a lot of history, it was an abbey, parts of it are 1000 years old and there's actually a queen of England buried here as well. 

It is the heart of Amesbury and the town was built around this abbey and we are the generation that are imminently going to see it's destruction."

If they are unable to raise the final amount by March, Amesbury could be losing one thousand years of history. 

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