A TARPORLEY church tower is in serious need of repair and more than £100,000 needs to be raised to get it fixed.
Building experts have told church leaders St Helen’s church, based in the centre of the village, needs to have the tower and spire repaired to secure its future.
Rector at the church Rev Keith Hine told Tarporley Parish Council on Monday he hoped the community will give him the support to help raise the much-needed funds.
He said: “I would like to think the village would respond with community sprit. We have already had a good response from people and we just need some donations to kick start the fundraising process.”
He added after the meeting: “There is no danger of it falling down, but if we are going to make sure it is there for generations to come and doesn’t deteriorate or get damaged further we are going to have to do some work on it.”
“We are hoping to raise the money relatively quickly, as we don’t want this to drag on. We do need the support of the village and I am convinced we will get it.
“We are also optimistic we will be able to get some grants toward the repairs.”
“The church has been open during the day to the public, and many a time I have been in there and people are just having some quiet time. It is a place for the community, we mark, the births, marriages and deaths in the community and it is very important to the village.”
Tarporley Parish council voted on Monday to donate £1,500 to the fund.
The official fundraising launch will take place on June 28, where more information on how the money will be raised will be revealed.
Anybody who would like more information or would like to get involved should contact the Rev Keith Hine on 01829 732491.