Wimbledon parishioners 'half way' to saving St Mary's historic spire
Parishioners are appealing to residents and businesses to dig deep and help save their historic church spire.
St Mary’s Church in Wimbledon launched a campaign this summer in an effort to raise more than £100,000 to repair its 200 foot spire and save it from collapse. Rainwater has already caused some damage to the main timber frame of the spire with urgent work required to prevent further deterioration.
A total of £65,000 has already been raised but needs to be doubled before the end of the year to meet the restoration costs estimated at £130,000.
The church is now approaching every shop and business in Wimbledon Village and distributing leaflets to every house in its parish in a bid to boost donations so work can start in January.
The rector, Reverend Mary Bide, said: "We have been very encouraged by the generosity of donors so far.
"We are particularly grateful to the All England Lawn Tennis Club whose substantial donation will go a long way towards helping us preserve this part of Wimbledon’s heritage.
"Many people will already know there is something wrong with the spire because lighter coloured patches are visible where some of the rotten tiles have been replaced.
"We hope the campaign will explain to everyone how serious the problem is and prompt as many people as possible to donate to the restoration fund."
The iconic spire, designed by Victorian architect George Gilbert Scott, has stood tall over Wimbledon for 170 years and is an established local landmark.
For more information and to donate visit stmaryswimbledon.org , justgiving.com/spiresw19 text "SPIR19" and the amount to70070, or send a cheque made payable to St Mary’s Church and marked "Spire" to the Parish Office, 30 St Mary’s Road, Wimbledon SW19 7BP.
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