Last year saw the ancient parish church of St Thomas at Cliffe in Lewes raising up to £60,000 for urgent repairs: the clock, the second-oldest in Sussex, needed a complete overhaul; the beautiful West window had to be restored with repair to the stonework (see first photo of our stonemason at work); a leak over the remembrance altar involved stone, lead and roof work; and deathwatch beetle had to be eradicated from supporting roof timbers (second image) in the south aisle which threatened the entire structure.
Trinity Sunday 2016 saw the launch of the Appeal and a string of fundraising activities with a service attended by the MP for Lewes, the Mayor and Mayoress of Lewes, and other local dignitaries.
“We were extremely fortunate to receive so much support from so many quarters”, says Churchwarden Trevor Butler. “As a result we came very close to our fundraising target and were able to have much of the work completed.”
There are still some outstanding bills and consequently, contributions towards the restoration are still most welcome. They can be made to the Treasurer, c/o 1 The Moorings, South Street, Lewes BN7 2BW, Tel: 01273 475053, cheques payable to St Thomas à Becket Church. For details on how to make a bank transfer, email firstname.lastname@example.org for our bank account details.
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