REPAIRS TO ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH
years, each church in the Winchester Diocese is inspected by an Architect, who
advises on the repair work to be carried out. In September this year it was the
turn of our own church in Quarley. We have now received the Architect's report
and want to keep everyone in the village informed about it. A copy of the report
is in the church if you wish to read the whole document.
are encouraged that the report says " St Michael's Church is a well
cared-for building and the church community at Quarley are to be congratulated
in their efforts to maintain the church building over the years." (Item
our best efforts, maintaining a building over a thousand years old is a constant
struggle, and the report identifies a large number of repairs that must be
carried out during the next five years. These are all listed in a table
overleaf, and you will see there are a frighteningly large number of items. Some
are potentially very expensive.
year the small regular congregation has to raise £8000 just to pay our share of
the salary and housing costs of our Priest-in-Charge, plus basic outgoings like
electricity and insurance. On top of that we then have to raise the money to pay
for any repairs. The Parish Council kindly makes a gift of £100 each year from
their own very limited resources. Apart from this, we receive no money whatever
from the Diocese, the Government or any other body to help pay the cost of
running the church and maintaining our heritage of a unique Saxon church for
future generations to enjoy.
It is for this reason that we so value the support of the village at fundraising events like the Village Fete and the Harvest Supper. We were grateful that the Fete Committee agreed in June to make a generous contribution towards the costs of meeting our obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act. The remainder of these unforeseen costs we have met ourselves. We have not yet priced the repairs listed overleaf, but indications are that they will cost an average of £2000 in each of the next five years. Please continue to support us in our efforts to maintain St Michael's church in good condition - we do rely on you.
Parochial Church Council November
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