Joy at church restoration

BACK TO ITS BEST: from left, Mark Maley, secretary and treasurer of the Trust of the Friends of St Barnabus, with church wardens Desmond Bridge and Charles Dinwiddy.
BACK TO ITS BEST: from left, Mark Maley, secretary and treasurer of the Trust of the Friends of St Barnabus, with church wardens Desmond Bridge and Charles Dinwiddy.

THE restoration of a 700-year-old church has taken a major step forward after work to improve the building’s exterior was completed.

St Barnabas Church in Alphamstone has undergone numerous reconstruction projects during the last decade with more than £200,000 being spent on the Grade I listed church in the process.

On Tuesday, churchwardens, parish councillors and those involved in the fundraising gathered outside the 14th century building to celebrate the second phase of restoration coming to a close.

Charles Dinwiddy, churchwarden for more than 15 years, said he was delighted with the painstaking work to restore the church’s roof, stonework, windows and flintwork.

“It is very exciting and I think the outside of the church looks better than it has for 100 years,” he said.

“The congregation and villagers are all thrilled and we have had a lot of support along the way.”

Parishioners, the Friend’s of St Barnabas and various heritage groups have all helped provide money for the restoration.

The final phase to improve and redecorate the inside of the building is currently being planned.