St Martins Church is a Grade 1 listed building. It has Saxon origins and is a good example of a Perpendicular style of English church architecture.
ST. MARTINS CHURCH, NORTH PERROTT
Re-covering the church roof.
The past two and a half years have been sad ones for St. Martins and ,indeed, for us all in the parish. Vandals have attacked the church no less than ten times! All the roof covering of lead on four separate surfaces has, during these raids ,been taken from the roof.This has left the roof exposed to the rafters. The roof surfaces are now thinly covered by tarpaulins, which deteriorate in bad weather conditions, allowing leaks to penetrate in many places , doing considerable damage to the interior.
St Martins church is of great value , not only as our parish church, which dates back for over 1,000 years, but also as an historic building which is Grade 1 listed on the national scale. It forms an important part of the heritage of the village of North Perrott, and we as members of the village are , I feel sure, proud of it and wish to cherish it! It holds precious memories of the past for many of us and also former members of the village.
WE MUST SAVE OUR CHURCH!......HOW can we save it?
After much consultation it has been decided that the roof should be covered with terne coated stainless steel , which is tough, durable, and has little re-sale value.It would be almost impossible for this metal to be removed from the roof by pilferers. Furthermore, this material would be guaranteed for 99 years, whereas cheaper man-made roof coverings would be , on average, guaranteed for merely 25 years, which is a very short time in the life of this ancient building! Furthermore, these man-made materials would not be permitted either by the Planning Authorities or by English Heritage.
Our church insurers will only be able to help with a fraction of the cost, owing to the fact that there have been so many cases of lead theft all over the country. So this will be an expensive undertaking, and we shall have to stand on our own feet! Can we do it? We believe that , if we all unite and contribute to this important project, we can! A kind volunteer is applying on our behalf to charitable trusts, who may give us generous help-but only IF- WE can be seen to raise some of the costs ourselves!
Monday 5 October 2015. BINGO at Misterton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Great prizes, Grand Raffle, refreshments. Proceeds to St Martin's Church.
Wednesday 7 October 20015. PCC meeting at 7pm, Symes Farmhouse
Saturday 17 October 2015. HARVEST SUPPER at the Village Hall, North Perrott. Please phone 01460 72883 or 01460 76457 for details.
Sunday 18 October 2015. Harvest Festival at St Martin's Church at 9.30am
Thursday 12 November 2015. Talk on Art by Richard Kay of Lawrence Fine Art in North Perrott Village Hall to be followed by a glass of wine and a light supper. Title of talk and further details to be announced. Proceeds to St Martin's Church
Friday 20 November 2015. Christmas Sale in Falkland Square, Crewkerne. Enquiries to either 01460 72883 or 01460 76214
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