Volunteers dig deep to safe village church from ruin

Volunteers who have helped safe Little Waldingfield Church.

Volunteers who have helped safe Little Waldingfield Church.

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For many years the walls of St Lawrence’s church in Little Waldingdfield have been degrading due to a problem with rising damp. This was caused by an old French drain which was no longer able to drain away surface water from the base of the walls.

But over five weekends 12 hard-working villagers carried out the mammoth task of digging out around 20 tons of spoil and compacted shingle and replacing it with a higher grade of gravel to improve drainage.

During the recent works volunteers were kept supplied with copious amounts of coffee and bacon sandwiches, prepared from a stall set up in the church porch and manned by members of the Parochial Church Council.

Volunteer Peter Simpson said: “This has been a fantastic effort. It really shows that a community spirit is alive and well in the village.

“The church is a Suffolk Landmark Church and dates mainly from the 14th to the early 16th century. It has many unique architectural features and it is a mark of how well-loved it is that so many people have come out to help.”

A Fabric Fund Appeal for the Grade I listed building was launched last May. Donations were received from both individuals and village organisations, including The Little Waldingfield History Group. Proceeds from a classical music concert at the church last year were also donated.

The appeal remains open as more work is required. For more visit www.littlewaldingfield.onesuffolk.net.