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!
Sunday 24 August. The Parrett Challenge, North Perrott Cricket Ground
Wednesday 17 September. 7pm PCC meeting at Symes Farmhouse
Saturday 20 September. Talk with slides on World Ward 1 by Hans Wells-Furby at Hoskyns Memorial Hall, North Perrott. Further details to follow;
Monday 27 October. Bingo at Misterton
Sunday 7 December. The Parnham Voices, Christmas concert of songs and readings
Wednesday 14 January 2015. 7pm PCC meeting, Symes Farmhouse
Wednesday 25 March 2015. 7pm PCC meeting, Symes Farmhouse
Wednesday 15 April 2015, Annual Meeting
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