Successful Completion of Motcombe Church Project
St Mary’s Church, Motcombe, is celebrating the completion of a £13,500 project to secure the future of the beautiful 170-year-old building by making it wind and waterproof again.
They are particularly grateful to the Dorset Historic Churches Trust for a grant of £6,000 towards the cost of replacing tiles on the roof and clearing and painting gutters and downpipes, to ensure that rainwater cannot get inside the structure.
This completes the current and most urgent phase of restoration work at the church. Over the last decade new heating and lighting systems have been installed, as well as a kitchen and toilet. Apart from securing the structure of the building, this project has also ensured that the church is more comfortable and convenient for all its users in the village community.
Speaking recently, Churchwarden Liz Pocock emphasised how happy they are to be able to have completed this work. “It important to be able to do our part to maintain this much-loved place and pass it on to future generations in a good state,” she said, “and we are very grateful to the Dorset Historic Churches Trust for their generous grant towards achieving our aim.”
Tom Wickson, local representative for the DHCT commented, “We exist to help church buildings of all types all over the county, so it is a pleasure to help at Motcombe. Our main source of income is the annual sponsored Ride+Stride, to which villagers have been very generous in the past.
Picture caption: Left to right: Christopher Hooper (Licensed Lay Minister), The Revd Pam Rink (Team Vicar), Gill Waine and Liz Pocock (Churchwardens) pictured outside the church