Maintenance and Restoration of St. Michael's Church

Keeping this ancient sandstone building in repair is a constant and expensive challenge. The income from our small congregation just about covers the running costs plus the huge Insurance Premium.

However, there are a number of generous people in our village who would hate to see the Church close and contribute exclusively for its maintenance as “Friends of St Michael’s”.

We were also very fortunate to receive the profits from the two National Gardens Scheme Open Days in June of 2013 when over a thousand visitors came to look round eleven beautiful gardens in Weston-under-Wetherley and many also visited St Michael’s Church. This money has enabled the repair and re-pointing of three external areas of stonework and next Spring three more sections which urgently require attention will be tackled.

Part of the old horsehair plaster ceiling inside the Church above the font came down in September. As this is 35ft up it required scaffolding before repairs could be undertaken – another big expense.

We have just installed mains water for the first time ever, followed by a small kitchen sink in the vestry.

The Churchyard is regularly mown and we are very grateful to Weston Parish Council for their annual grant. Three areas of the churchyard have been set aside for wild flower planting and conservation by an enthusiastic Wildlife Conservation Group who came together following our Parish Plan Consultation. We look forward to next Spring!

A lovely bench has just been installed in the churchyard in memory of our much respected Veterinrary Surgeon Sandy Bell.

If anyone else feels that they could support “Friends of St Michael’s” please contact our Church Treasurer Lesley Hyde (telephone: (01926 632710) Gift Aid is even better!