MASONS have taken delivery of a batch of new stone as a major restoration project at St Botolph’s Church enters its final phase.
Over the past two years stone work on the north face of The Stump has been cleaned, inspected and re-pointed.
And during the next 18 months 64 stones will be replaced, many needing intricate carving which will be carried out by the church masons in their workshop.
The lower window will then be taken out, repaired and replaced and the scaffolding around the tower removed. Completing this phase of the restoration by September 2012 will be a major step forward for the church, leaving the west front as the final part to be completed.
The church has raised more than £750,000 over the last five years to fund the tower’s restoration and project organisers are optimistic the required money will be forthcoming enabling the work to be completed on time.
Individuals, businesses and organisations can help by sponsoring one of the newly-carved stones and have a short message carved onto it.
Donors will also receive a certificate acknowledging their sponsorship as well as a photograph of the stone and message before it is fixed to the building.
For details on how you can Sponsor a Stone contact the appeal manager on 07887943125.