Housebuilder helps raise the roof for Doveridge church appeal

Housebuilder helps raise the roof for Doveridge church appeal

A Derbyshire church’s appeal to raise money for a new roof has received a boost from a local housebuilder.

Bellway, which is building new homes at Dove Manor off Derby Road in Doveridge, has donated £500 towards the St Cuthbert’s Church roof appeal.

The Grade 1 listed building has served as a place of worship in the village for over 900 years and its churchyard contains one of the oldest yew trees in Derbyshire. The roof on the nave was last renewed in the early 1900s and now needs replacing.

Colin Bryan, Vice Chairman of St Cuthbert’s Parochial Church Council, said:

“As a local parish church, we receive no outside help and all running and repair costs have to be met by our congregation’s very generous giving, plus the fees we get for hosting weddings and funerals.

“We have approached a number of local firms and also applied for grants from relevant bodies to help us with the cost of replacing the roof.

“This is the first positive response so we would like to thank Bellway Homes for supporting our village church so generously. All donations are very welcome, as each pound we raise in this way is one less pound for the congregation to find. The last roof has lasted 110 years and hopefully this one will do the same.”

Marie Richards, Sales Director for Bellway West Midlands, said:

“As a housebuilder, we feel it is important to give back to the communities in which we build our homes, so we are very pleased to be able to contribute towards this project.

“St Cuthbert’s Church is a key landmark in the village and its roof appeal is an extremely worthy cause. We hope our donation will help the church to achieve its fundraising target and we wish them all the best with the project.”

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