Arlesey church in need of urgent repair

THE structure of a 12th century church has begun to crumble and urgent help is being sought for extensive repairs.

St Peter’s Church on Church Lane in Arlesey is a Grade I listed building, constructed by monks in the 1100s. The main part of the building - the nave - was added over the next 100 years.

“The supporting roof beams are sagging and the east wall is bowing outwards and has cracks in and needs extensive repair,” explained Reverend Susan Edwards, who has been the vicar at the church for the last 15 years.

“It’s manifested itself this summer,” she said.

“I’m not sure if it’s because of the climate, as it’s been very dry.

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“The building’s not dangerous. It’s not going to fall down in the next fortnight, but it does need some attention soon. It’s very visible.”

As the church is a Grade I listed building, any work carried out must adhere to strict directives stipulated by English Heritage.

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Rev Edwards said that specialists have been enlisted to decide what repairs need to be made, with estimates for the work running into tens of thousands of pounds.

“We have written to every house in the village and raised about �4,000,” she said. “Beyond that, I have no idea how to go about anything. How do you raise �100,000?

“I haven’t got a clue where to begin. We need someone who has the skills, who knows how to fill in forms properly so that they get results, and who has skills in raising money.”

If you think you can help, call churchwarden Linsey West on 07930410164.

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