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!st  March 2018 Grant awarded for work to complete Westbury church spire restoration

Westbury-on-Severn PCC is delighted to announce it has been successful in obtaining a grant of £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete the work on the iconic and historic tower and spire at the Church of St Mary, St Peter and St Paul. 

Work on re-shingling the spire began five years ago, but due to unforeseen structural problems with the tower, work was halted while additional grants were sought. 

Since then, although the plastic covering of the spire has remained unchanged, work has not stopped behind the scenes. It took many difficult hours to complete the application, and a long wait before we heard anything.  Historic England was very supportive and their help was invaluable. We are also extremely grateful to the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust for their generous grant of £10,000. 

All the repair work to the structure has been completed, so we now look forward to the scaffolding going up again and the new shingles being fixed. The crowning moment will be seeing the new weather vane, which is being generously donated, placed right at the top.

It is through this project that it is now realised how unusual our huge wooden spire is, and how it needs to be celebrated. In addition to completing the work on the spire, we also have other plans which we hope will help to show that these buildings are special and should be cherished. 

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