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South Warwickshire, England.

The Oxhill News

July 2013

This months News



Initial Report from the P.C.C.

St. Lawrence’s Church, a grade 1 listed building, has been cared for by generations of villagers for nearly 1,000 years. Recently, the Church Council, supported by friends from the whole community, has continued a programme of maintenance and repair, including the rainwater system, repointing, limewashing and work in the tower.

The architect’s last inspection raised concerns about the nave roof and the deteriorating stonework, particularly around the windows and great South door.

English Heritage agreed with that assessment and has promised to grant aid the proposed work. We are enormously grateful for this support!

Its summary included the following:

Project Development Work (Stage 1)

Specification and tender report fees £6,300
Planning Supervisor £437
Roof inspection £1,250
Bat survey £500
South doorway conservator’s report £750
Maintenance plan preparation £400

Total £9,637 + VAT = £11,564

English Heritage is giving a grant of £9,000 towards this cost, and the work is underway.

Building Work (Stage 2)

Stripping and re-slating Nave roof £55,000
Scaffolding £13,500
Stonework repairs £12,500
Conservation of South doorway £6,500
Fee balances £4,637

Total £92,137 + VAT = £110,564

English Heritage has made an “in principle” grant offer of £59,000 towards this work.

The Big Picture

Total estimated cost £122,128
Less  EH grants £68,000
Less  LPW “VAT repayment” £17,750

Balance Required - £36,000

St. Lawrence’s roof and stonework is “at risk” and the Church Council agreed to take on the challenge of raising the balance of the funds needed to complete necessary repairs. The village is behind the repair appeal, and it is a testament to people’s generosity that nearly £7,000 has already been raised:

Auction of Promises £4,111
Marquee Lunch £1,051
Donations £1,594

Total - £6,756

We are also embarking on grant applications to various grant making bodies and the Warwicks and Coventry Historic Churches Trust has already promised £1,500.

At the moment all costs are estimates, but after stage 1 is complete and tenders have been received, we will have more precise quotations on which an appeal brochure can be based.

Donations are of course welcomed at any time – cheques should be made payable to “Oxhill P.C.C. Repair Fund” and online donations can be made at:


Thank you! Please use gift aid if able.

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Last modified: July 31, 2013