Work has started on putting up scaffolding as part of the rebuilding of St Wulfram’s Church spire.
It will take four months to put up the scaffolding which will allow workmen to replace a section of the spire which is crumbling. It is hoped that the work will be completed by Christmas.
The work will cost a total of £600,000 and the church needs about £24,000 to reach its fundraising target.
Jean Parker, chairman of the Spire Appeal, said: “We are still raising money and by the time we are half-way through the work we will have raised all the money. We cannot let up at the moment.”
A number of fundraising events are planned over the coming months. On April 12 there will be a Spring Food and Craft fair in the George Centre and on April 26 the Hi-Notes will put on Songs from the Shows at Walton Girls’ High School (tickets £7.50). On April 29 there will be an illustrated lecture on the Crown Jewels in the Guildhall theatre (tickets £7) and on May 17 the Duchess of Rutland will open her garden at Belvoir Lodge when there will also be a Spitfire fly-past. In September there will be a family day at the church when children will be invited to jump over the weather vane before it is put back at the top of the spire. For further details about these events call Jean on 01476 562204.