Covid 19 has had an impact on all our lives over these last months. St. Bart’s like many churches has continued to require ongoing maintenance to prevent the church suffering major structural problems.
As some of you are aware the church has developed a leak in the roof at the east end of the south aisle.The leak,if not repaired, will damage (and potentially cause the loss of) the 15th century wall paintings which form part of the historically valuable fresco of paintings, wonderful evidence of the importance of the church in its former years.
Brisley church contains many items of cultural and historical importance, making it a unique gem worth saving. One example of this is a very beautiful Piscina which has been damaged, probably due to the leak from the roof or the dampness in the church. This is urgently in need of repair if it is to be saved.
Apart from urgently requiring to conserve these items for future generations, as well as to provide a place for the community, there are day to day repairs, which if neglected will add to the ongoing battle to maintain the fabric of the building. Last year, for example, we had to replace some 100 panes of glass.
The team at St. Bart’s stretch the money we receive from various fundraising events to manage the majority of the essential repairs to the church, but sadly, all of our planned fundraising for this year has had to be cancelled in its entirety.
With no prospect of any sources of income from either Sunday services or from planned fund raising events, the PCC are asking if the residents of Brisley could help the church with even a small donation towards paying for the cost of these repairs.
If you are a tax payer and able to make a donation, could you put the money in a yellow envelope (envelopes on the table as you go into the church) we then would be able to claim 20% tax back. Alternatively, complete a Charity Gift Aid declaration form which can be found by Googling ‘Charity Gift Aid Declaration’ which brings you to thewww.yougov website. The envelope/form should be then passed to the treasurer, Judith Rollestone, at Shoemakers Cottage, Church Street, Brisley.
Alternatively, you can pay the money online into Brisley Church Restoration Fund
Bank Account number : 701 948 40
Sort Code: 20-28-20
We are extremely grateful for all the support shown by the community and your generosity towards the church, and we hope that in due time we will be able to continue as before and that we will see you at our events.