New roof gives Upper Heyford church a modern look

St Mary's Church, Upper Heyford, new roof. The PCC, from the left, Revd. Stephen Griffiths, Sally Anne Mildenhall, church warden, Alison Cotter, treasurer, Ian Lough-Scott, PCC member, Andrew Spooner, church surveyor and Andrew Gotch, secretary. NNL-151205-150555009
St Mary's Church, Upper Heyford, new roof. The PCC, from the left, Revd. Stephen Griffiths, Sally Anne Mildenhall, church warden, Alison Cotter, treasurer, Ian Lough-Scott, PCC member, Andrew Spooner, church surveyor and Andrew Gotch, secretary. NNL-151205-150555009

An historic village church has been given a new lease of life after members of its congregation helped bring it into the 21st Century.

St Mary’s Church in Upper Heyford dates back to the 14th Century and has recently had a brand new water tight roof fitted to cure its previous leaking problems.

The project cost more than £80,000 and was partly funded by church parishioners, who raised more than £19,000 over several years through village events. The PCC was then successful in applying for two grants, with Viridor Credits adding £53,900 and the Oxfordshire Historic Church Trust (OHCT) £8,000.

Alison Cotter, treasure of the PCC, said: “It is a very old building which is very much in the heart of the village. People are so pleased that something has been done to help repair the church, and that is very rewarding. Everyone is now galvanised and wants to help out with more repairs.”

Ms Cotter added the PCC is already working hard on a second application for grant funding, in which it has been given a deadline for the end of July to the beginning of August.

“It is looking to repair the heating system in the church and add a kitchen. She said: “It is wonderful the building has been repaired, lots of people are now coming to visit it and it can also host concerts and other events.”