Church restoration celebrated

Kirk Deighton church.
Kirk Deighton church.

A PAINSTAKING restoration of the tower and spire of an historic church has been completed after a group of fundraisers raised £76,000.

In total, the repair work at All Saints Church in Kirk Deighton cost £88,000, made up of grants amounting to £22,000 and donations of £1,000. The Friends of Kirk Deighton Church contributed the £47,000 and £5,000 was from church funds.

The recently refurbished tower and spire of Kirk Deighton church near Wetherby.

The recently refurbished tower and spire of Kirk Deighton church near Wetherby.

Unfortunately after scaffolding was in place more problems that were previously unknown were discovered, pushing the bill up by another £13,000. Further fundraising to meet this is in progress.

The Friends of Kirk Deighton Church was set up in 2003 initially to help meet the running expenses of All Saints Church but after 2005 their fundraising was aimed at the restoration of the spire and tower. Altogether they have raised £76,000.

The initial work was to carry out pointing of the stonework inside and outside the spire and tower and replace some of the mullions in the bell chamber windows.

The metalwork at the top of the spire was cleaned and repainted. The stone work at the base of the spire also needed some attention.

It was only when the scaffolding was in place was it seen how badly eroded was the bell chamber window tracery.

The opportunity was taken to paint the clock face while the scaffolding was in place and also to upgrade the clock drive mechanism so it would automatically restart after an interruption in the power supply and would also change from GMT to BST and vice versa.

A special Thangsgiving service conducted by the Archdeacon of Richmond, the Ven Janet Henderson was held last month.

The congregation went outside beneath the tower for prayers.