The Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Right Reverend Peter Hancock, has officially rededicated Nunney Church following the installation a new nave ceiling.
The Raise the Roof project included the reinstallation of four dormer windows, blocked up when a ‘temporary’ ceiling replaced the medieval original in 1957.
With the church now once again flooded with light, Nunney’s oldest monument looks better than it has probably ever done in its long history.
Many former Nunney residents had returned to the village for this historic occasion. This included Catherine Goldsmith, the former chairman of Nunney Parish Council and Nunney Community Association who now lives in New Mexico.
The service of thanksgiving and rededication on Saturday 13 May started with the congregation lighting candles on the chancel steps, accompanied by Raise the Roof chairman Ken Lloyd on piano and Frances Tyson on cello.
A packed church heard readings from parish architect Marcus Chantrey, main contractor Lee Pearce and others in a service led by Father Anthony Dickson.
Ken Lloyd received a huge round of applause for raising nearly £300,000 in the past 10 years. Another £20,000 is still needed to complete the project.
The Bishop also praised everyone involved in the project and the countless individuals who had made donations.
Following the rededication, there were celebratory drinks and nibbles. The Raise the Roof exhibition, created by Visit Nunney for the Friends of Nunney Church, was also on display.
The Right Reverend Peter Hancock repeated his congratulations to all involved on his Twitter account.
Great to join Nunney Church celebrating completion of roof restoration. 10 years hard work to get there. Congratulations to all involved
— Peter Hancock (@bathwellsbish) May 15, 2017
If you would like to make a donation to complete the project, there is a chest in the church. Cheques should be sent to Ken Lloyd or Hilary Allom made out to ‘Postlebury PCC Friends of Nunney Church’ and there is a donate button on the appeal’s website at nunneyraisetheroof.org.uk.
You can also get updates on the Friends who like Nunney Church Raise the Roof Appeal page on Facebook.
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