Last updated: Thu 20 Oct 2016

NCA donates £5,000 to church roof

Nunney Community Association (NCA) has donated £5,000 to the Friends of Nunney Church’s Raise the Roof Appeal.

Nunney Church Roof

The interior of Nunney Church in 1907

A decision to contribute to the appeal was taken during the NCA’s meeting on Monday 17 October.

The Friends of Nunney Church have already raised a substantial amount of money, but more still needs to be done to complete the job.

Other recent donations include £550 from Nunney Parish Council, £250 from Nunney village hall plus contributions from Formula One legend Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Foundation.

All Saints Church Nunney (photo John Webb)

All Saints Church Nunney (photo John Webb)

Grade I listed All Saints Church is Nunney’s oldest monument, dating back to at least the 12th century. It was probably built on the site of an earlier Saxon or Norman church.

By contrast, Nunney Castle is a mere newcomer – having been built over a hundred years later.

For hundreds of years the community of Nunney – from the poorest to the lords of the manor – used the church to mark important occasions, such as baptisms, weddings and funerals.

The church is currently closed to install a new nave roof and restore four dormer windows that used to flood the building with light.

The dormer windows were blocked in 1957, when the 15th century oak ceiling had rotted away and a temporary steel structure with plastic tiles was put in place.

The church is expected to reopen around Easter 2017.

For more information, visit the Raise the Roof Appeal’s website nunneyraisetheroof.org.uk.

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