St Andrew's Church Tower

On Thursday 1 March, on the advice of our church architect and East Cambridgeshire District Council's chief building control officer, a large area around the base of St Andrew's Church tower was cordoned off for health and safety reasons: a recent survey of the tower revealed that masonry is at risk of falling from it. We are really grateful to Dianne, Jason and Darren at Soham Town Council who not only lent us the temporary fencing and hazard tape but also braved the snow to help put it in place.

The condition of the tower is such that holding repairs will not be possible, so this situation will persist until we raise sufficient funds to carry out full restoration works. These works are anticipated to be very costly and so are unlikely to begin until 2019 at the earliest. A huge fundraising effort will be required, and this alongside the fundraising we already knew we needed to do for roof and (other) masonry work. 

If you would like to make a donation towards the tower work, or to St Andrew's Restoration Project more generally, we should be delighted to hear from you. Please either contact Eleanor or send a cheque made payable to Soham PCC Development Fund to The New Vicarage, 27 The Oaks, Soham, CB7 5FF. Payment can also be made by electronic transfer to bank sort code 20-29-68 account number  60786128. Any donation however large or small will be very gratefully received, and if you are willing to Gift Aid it, please let us know your postal address or email address so we can send you a Gift Aid form. Gift Aided donations bring in an extra 25p for every £1 you give, at no extra cost to yourselves. Thank you!

More information is available in Eleanor's sermon 4th March [click here].

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