Church volunteers bid to raise the roof

Holy Trinity CE Church, Bolton-le-Sands.
Holy Trinity CE Church, Bolton-le-Sands.
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A Bolton-le-Sands church which was affected by the theft of lead from its roof has started a special fundraising campaign to urgently repair the building.

Thieves struck in May 2013 and stole the lead from the roof of Holy Trinity CE Church in Bolton-le-Sands.

Heysham's St Peter's Church.

Heysham's St Peter's Church.

When the thieves struck, it uncovered an area of the roof, which damaged the timber structure and led to water leaking into the building – parts of which date back to the 15th Century.

A timeline has now been put up in the church grounds for people to buy a ‘Bodel’ or section of the timeline. It stretches along the church wall alongside Main Road.

The name Bodel is taken from the village’s original name – Bodeltone, which dates back to the Domesday Book in 1086. And to mark the start of the fundraising push, an open day is being held on Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

The total cost of the repair work is estimated at £270,000. They’ve applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant worth £220,000 and other funding and are trying to raise £50,000 towards their overall target which will support the lottery fund bid. Find out more at www.bolton-le-sands.org.uk.

Meanwhile, donations have been coming in to help repair the roof at Heysham’s St Peter’s Church.

The roof on the Grade 1 listed building has been deteriorating for nearly 20 years.

However, the status of the building makes it impossible to replace the slates with modern materials.

Volunteers have raised £40,000 of their £80,000 target. The church, which closed onSeptember 14, will have its roof taken off in October. Work is expected to last nine months.