Folkestone Church raising money to remain dry
The Parish Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe in Folkestone is raising funds to continue essential repairs to its roof and exterior walls. The repairs will in turn help protect historic murals that have been threatened by leaking rainwater.
Work has already been undertaken to repair the roof which had been leaking badly. This has been supported with a grant of £10,000 from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust (see https://rdhct.org.uk/projects/parish-church-of-st-mary-and-st-eanswythe-folkestone/), Further funding is still required to ensure long term weather proofing. This will involve “mortar flaunching”, an alternative to lead flashing that will be used to seal the roof to the Tower and west end of the church. The downpipes, gutters and the pointing around the building also require maintenance.
Andrew Plested, one of the church wardens, said: “When we undertook work last winter, we had unexpected costs arise when we realised that the timber rafters of the roof required replacing. We completed what was needed to ensure the building was dry, but there’s still work to do. On top of that, a piece of our weathervane broke off and fell into the gardens behind the church so we need to repair that as well.”
Once this work is completed and the walls have had sufficient time to dry properly, murals inside the church that were damaged by rainwater through will be restored. This will require further fundraising.
Donations can be made to the Friends of St Mary and St Eanswythe Parish Church via their website: http://friendsofstmaryandsteanswythe.org.uk/