Villagers’ bold plans to preserve Ingoldsby church

St Bartholomew's church, Ingoldsby.
St Bartholomew's church, Ingoldsby.
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Villagers are hoping the combined appeal of a rock and roll legend and real ale could play a part in revitalising their parish church.

A popular Elvis tribute band and a supply of refreshment from Oldershaw’s brewery are the ingrediants for a fundraising night at St Barthlomew’s Church in Ingoldsby a week tomorrow (Saturday, August 23).

A social evening in the church on the Friday and a fete on the Sunday are also part of a gala weekend which aims to raise funds towards a major programme of repairs and improvements to the Grade I listed church.

Organisers also hope the events will show how the commuinity could make more diverse use of the church, which is used for regular services only twice a month.

One of the event organisers, Robin Burrows, who lives opposite St Batholomew’s said: “We need to raise money for our church and we also want to get it used more.

“We had a concert there but this is the first time we have done anything on this scale.

“We want people to see the state of the church for themselves, to make them aware of the work that needs to be done. The south side needs a new roof and we also want to install kitchen and toilet facilities, which will make the church suitable for a wider range of uses.

“But is it a big project and although we will be applying for grants, the cost could be approaching £200,000.”

Mr Burrows, 60, who was born in the village and farmed there for many years, said: “The church is a central point of the village and is an historic and beautiful building, but If people want it to remain they must support it. It is a legacy we must leave in good order for future geneations.

English Heritage has carried out a survey of the church and considers it ‘at risk.’

The most urgent need is for replacement of the south aisle roof and attention to the tower stonework.

It is believed the building dates back to the late Norman period, although most of the structure is of the 14th and 15th centuries.