Donation boosts Cornard church fund

REBUILDING HISTORY: The Rev Chris Ramsey and councillor Peter outside St Andrew's Church in Great Cornard.
REBUILDING HISTORY: The Rev Chris Ramsey and councillor Peter outside St Andrew's Church in Great Cornard.
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A £90,000 conservation project at a Great Cornard church is nearing completion thanks to its latest grant.

The upkeep of St Andrew’s Church in Church Road has been an on-going issue for a number of years.

An appeal for funds to carry out vital maintenance work was launched 10 years ago and, although the 14th century building’s spire has been restored, the church still requires two new windows, the replacement of part of its roof and repairs to its stonemasonry.

On Friday, the village’s district councillor Peter Beer presented the church’s vicar, the Rev Chris Ramsey, with a cheque for £4,000 from his locality budget.

The money – when added to a recent grant from English Heritage – takes the church’s restoration fund to £65,000.

“The donation is absolutely fantastic,” said Mr Ramsey. “It takes us closer to the total we are working towards.

“The amount of support to maintain the church’s heritage has been very encouraging.”