The medieval tower at St Lawrence Church is at the heart of the village. It is also in need of repair without delay.
The tower was built in the early 1400s and is perhaps earlier still. An inspection in 2015 discovered serious problems of moisture retention in the brickwork and as a result the stones are crumbling and losing their faces.
The heart of the problem is the pointing material. It is the wrong sort and not allowing the stone to breathe, so it needs to be removed. It is going to be a long and expensive job and it is planned for summer 2018. Before then the church needs to raise at least £200,000.
An application for help has been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and two recent
events in the parish have raised more than 10 per cent of the target. Donations to
the Chobham Flower Festival raised more than £2,000 and a promises auction by the
St Lawrence Friends Heritage Trust has raised more than £20,000.
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