£190,000 appeal to save Cliviger historic church

St John's Church in Cliviger .

St John's Church in Cliviger .

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THE vicar of a village church has written to his parishioners for help in a bid to save the building which needs massive repairs totalling £190,000.

In the letter, the Rev. Keith Henshall, who is in charge of St John the Divine in Cliviger, said that if urgent work was not carried out the church could face closure.

The church roof needs replacing while extensive dry rot has also been found.

“It has become evident that there is a significant risk that we might have to close the church altogether unless the dry rot is treated, perished wood and stone work is removed and replaced and the roof overhauled,” he said.

But he added every effort was being made to save the building, parts of which date back to the Victorian and Georgian periods. The church has already been given £80,000 which was bequeathed in the estate of a parishioner but officials at St John’s are desperate to raise the rest of the cash.

Anyone who can help by making a donation or holding a fund-raising event is urged to contact the church.

Services are currently taking place in Church House.