A church in Warwick held its first fundraising event at the weekend to help raise money for a vital restoration project.
A new fundraising drive was launched in January to raise more than half a million pounds to restore the iconic tower of St Mary’s Church.
This is the latest effort to help fund continuing restorative work at the church.
The first stage involved restoring the masonry of the 15th century Beauchamp Chapel and the second phase, which is being carried out this year, involves repairs to the church roof and improving drainage.
The third phase of work will be to restore the church tower, which was built in 1704 and can be seen for miles.
The cost of the tower’s repair has been estimated at £650,000.
Last Saturday the church volunteers held their first fundraising event called, ‘Love of Course’.
The event featured music from the Da Capo chamber choir, who sang songs on the theme of love. Those who went to the event also got to enjoy a six-course taster menu.
The fundraiser managed to raise £2,000 for the restoration project.
Vaughan Roberts, vicar at St Mary’s Church, said: “The Love of Course evening went really, really well. Fantastic music and delicious food in the wonderful setting of St Mary’s Church made for a triumphant evening, which raised £2,000 towards the restoration of St Mary’s iconic tower.”
The next steps for those at St Mary’s Church will be to apply for grants that could help towards the repair bill.