Fundraising efforts to keep church standing continue

Roger Rosewell FSA (right) hands a copy of his latest book on church antiquities to Andy Hutchison, who bought this signed copy and presented it to St. Peter's Church for their library.
Roger Rosewell FSA (right) hands a copy of his latest book on church antiquities to Andy Hutchison, who bought this signed copy and presented it to St. Peter's Church for their library.
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The fundraising efforts to keep St Peter’s Church, in Raunds, standing are continuing - with £1million needed for urgent repair work.

The 800-year-old church is at risk of falling down in the years ahead if work is not carried out. It is in desperate need of repair after major cracks appeared throughout the west end of the building.

Movement in the south west corner is so severe that urgent underpinning is needed to save the building.

Fundraising efforts are continuing with a number of events held recently to raise the much needed cash.

On Tuesday August 6 the church welcomed Roger Rosewall, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), who gave a talk about church antiquities.

The fundraising event was attended by a large number of the church’s congregation and it raised £300.

Joan Jones, spokesman for the save St Peter’s committee, said: “It was a great day and a very interesting talk. Mr Rosewall kindly agreed to do the talk for free, except for his travel expenses, which was a nice gesture.

“At the end of the talk he sold copies of his latest book, and a gentleman called Andy Hutchison purchased one and donated it straight to the church’s library.

“It was a very nice gesture and it will mean all the members of the congregation will get to enjoy the lovely book.”

Another fundraising event raised further cash, when Raunds held its very own version of the Tour De France.

Toddlers from the Little Sunbeams nursery group, which is based in the church, and students from Manor School joined together to ‘race’ the Tour De France, on exercise bikes.

Despite suffering from Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and spending most of his time on an oxygen machine, 86-year-old Raunds resident Phillip Chantrell, joined in with the fundraising activity on the day, which was held on July 13 at the church.

Mr Chantrell said: “A town needs it’s church, and Peter’s is very special and we must do all we can to save it.”

All the funds raised at this event were split between the church campaign and Manor School sports college.