Church restoration starts

Work is underway  to replace the roof on St Mary's Church Westry.
Work is underway to replace the roof on St Mary's Church Westry.
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FIRE-ravaged March St Mary’s Church is shrouded in plastic and scaffolding as work to restore the well-loved building finally gets under-way.

The work to restore the roof, windows and damaged stonework is set to take just under a year to complete.

It is being undertaken by Listed building specialists E Bowman and Sons of Stamford. Bowman has extensive experience in repairing listed buildings including Ely Cathedra and Southwell Minster in Nottingham.

St Mary’s at Westry was gutted in a blaze the day after Mothering Sunday last year.

Its destruction shocked the community, which rallied after the disaster and raised around £40,000 to help pay for the church’s restoration and to make it a building fit for worship in the 21st century.

The money raised will be used to meet the costs of furnishing the interior of the church, which were not all covered by insurance.

Last month the clergy and church wardens of St Mary’s wrote a letter to the Citizen expressing their gratitude for the love and support given by the community following the fire.

Bowman has their own stonemason’s yard and has the capacity to produce the magnificent roof trusses for the nave roof of St Mary’s in their own workshop.

They have experience working with specialist subcontractors and trades to complete the reconstruction of St Mary’s to the highest standard.

The next step now the temporary roof structure has been created will be to develop detailed plans for the interior of the church so that work can commence as soon as the first major phase has been completed.