Funding supports crucial repairs to Ampney Crucis church
Press Releases - 13/02/2017
A grant from the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust is contributing to interior renovations at a well-loved church at Ampney Crucis near Cirencester.
The Church of the Holy Rood (the Holy Cross) was already established when the Domesday Survey was underway in 1086 and the building has Saxon remnants. Since then, it has been added to, mainly through the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.
After a separate project to complete essential works to repair and in places replace the nave roof, work was also essential inside the church to repair the pew platforms in the south and north transepts, to replace the vestry floor, and redecorate the body of the church with several coats of traditional limewash.
The Trust was willing to help and provided a grant of £22,700, which has been used to repair the pew platforms and vestry floor, redecorate the nave, chancel and transepts, and clean centuries of accumulated dirt from the internal stonework.
The grant also paid for the creation of a level and flexible space at the rear off the Nave that can be used for community functions as well as remaining available for larger services.
Church treasurer, Neil Holt said: "We are truly fortunate. The church is much loved by villagers and we are working to ensure this lovely building remains accessible to all our community. We would like to offer our thanks to the Trust for this outstanding help."