Costs and funding
Our initial estimate for the cost of the West Tower masonry repair project was between £15,000 - £20,000 (excl VAT). This included both the direct work and professional fees. As we near the end of the project (Feb 2022), this estimate has now been reduced to about £13,500 following the exclusion of the pinnacle repair work (see 'What we are doing')
We started with about £1000 in our Roof Repair Fund and through local fund-raising and donations this was increased to about £5000 by December 2021. In addition, we have committed £3500 from money raised by the Friends of St Marys, mainly by kind and faithful donations.
We have also secured generous grants from the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust and from the National Churches Trust for which we are very grateful. We are hopeful that with these grants to supplement the local fundraising the project will be completed without having to dip into church reserves. Any surplus will help to replenish the Roof Repair Fund where funds are always needed!
How you can help
If you would like to support the conservation of our beautiful village church, here are some ways you could help financially:
- Become a 'Friend' of St Mary's. The Friends were formed in 2003 to help raise money to maintain and restore the fabric of the Church building. Over the years they have raised many thousands of pounds, through donations and a diverse range of events, for which we are much indebted.
- Make a direct donation:
* By bank transfer:
Name: Parochial Church Council of Purton General Account
Sort Code: 60-21-40
Ref: West Tower
* By cheque:
Payee: PCC of Purton General
Ref (on back of cheque): West Tower
Post/deliver to The Vicarage, 2 Kingsacre, Hyde Lane, Purton, Swindon SN54DU
* Online by card:
* or contact our Treasurer, Berta Legg, for other means to make a donation.