An historic building such as ours, and Grade II* listed, needs almost constant repairs and restoration.
From September to November 2019 we embarked on a £25,000 project which included work to the Tower roof, internal re-decoration to deal with water-damaged walls, and a complete overhaul of our ancient weather vane. As is often the case, this work revealed more which needs to be done, not least a complete re-pointing of the Tower stonework. We will begin this as soon as we have raised the money.
Contributions towards the repair bill are 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.
If you are a UK taxpayer, you may Gift Aid your donation, and increase its value by 25% without additional cost to yourself. For details, please contact Imogen Stewart: telephone 01273 475053. Download the Gift Aid form HERE.
2016 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.
“We were extremely fortunate to receive so much support from so many quarters, enabling the work to be undertaken”, says Churchwarden Trevor Butler.