A CHURCH tower has been restored to its former glory at a cost of about £140,000 – the vast majority of which was raised by kind-hearted villagers.
Back in 2009 experts told the Rev Keith Hine at St Helen’s Church in Tarporley that the landmark was in need of major repairs.
A report revealed the requirement for extensive work including pointing, lead work and re-roofing.
As a result a team of church members launched the Tarporley Tower Appeal and, thanks to a series of fundraising events and generous donations, their target was reached within 18 months.
“The response was amazing,” said the Rev Hine, Rector of Tarporley. “The congregation got behind the project with real enthusiasm, responding to the appeal and running fundraising events.
“And so too did the community of Tarporley, showing real affection for this lovely parish church.”
An £18,000 grant from English Heritage was added to the amount raised and work began on restoring the tower, which has now been completed.
The Rev Hine added: “The final invoice has been paid. It is tremendous to have completed this project within two years.
“Thanks go to so many people for such enthusiasm and generosity.
The St Helen’s Church stall at Tarporley Carnival on July 14 will have a photo display showing the tower both before and after the repair work.
The following day at 10am the focus of the main church service will be thanksgiving for the completion of the project.