Christ Church Starts Fundraising Campaign
Need for work underlined by recent incident of falling stone
Christ Church in Turnham Green has launched a fund-raising campaign to raise £250,000 for works on the church this year.
The Grade II-listed building, which was designed by Gilbert Scott, currently has a blue tarpaulin on the south transept roof, following an incident a fortnight ago when one of the stone crosses shattered 60 feet above the ground. Part of a cross weighing several kilos crashed into the transept slate roof, creating a hole two feet in diameter and then bounced and hit the ground. Nobody was injured in the incident
The remnants of the cross have been examined by a steeple jack and are being dismantled. The public pathway outside the Church and part of the curtilage have been fenced off, pending professional examination and may have to be more formally fenced.
The incident has expedited the need for work to be carried out. In the Quinquennial survey of Christ Church 4 years ago, the parish architect reported on the need for extensive repairs to the stonework and flint exterior.
The church is one of the most important of the local Anglican Churches and has a large congregation and a busy schedule from the annual Remembrance service, to running a mother and toddler group. It is currently the centre for the Winter Shelter project ( last year 50 homeless people were given night shelter and food for the 3 coldest months). Several local groups use it for meetings including "The Friends of Turnham Green" and the High Road Action Group. It is open most days for several hours.
The committee hope to sign a contract in April and are at an advanced stage with the selection of a contractor.
January 18, 2013