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The long awaited repairs to the church tower, which was becoming structurally unsafe, have begun and scaffolding has been erected this week. Without these repairs the church and churchyard would have had to close because of the danger of falling masonry.

The work will include:
• repairs/renewal of lead work
• repointing, rendering and lime wash of the parapet
• repairs to fractured and loose parapet corbels
• installation of new internal walkways
It is expected that the repairs and upgrade will take at least 8 weeks.

The total net cost is £110,000.

Many of you will be aware that members of the church committee have been fundraising for some time to carry out these essential repairs. The church congregation and villagers have raised £20,000 to date.

In addition, a small fundraising group working behind the scenes has successfully applied for grants from Garfield Weston Foundation, James Pantyfedwyn Foundation, CADW, Allchurches Trust, Hedley Trust, Welsh Church Act Fund and The Diocese of Llandaff. The fees from the BBC for filming recently have also been added to the pot.

There is still a shortfall of £17,000 which the Rectorial Benefice of Cowbridge has agreed to cover with a loan. This will have to be repaid over time and the church committee are hoping to organise events to help cover this.