PARISHONERS in Horndon are delighted that The Veolia Mardyke Trust has helped them to carry out essential repairs to their historic church, St. Peter and St Paul.
Only a year ago, during the snow, in December 2010, parishioners were feeling despondent when they found that a large number of 19th century glass panes were broken in the west window at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Horndon-on-the-Hill.
Mindless vandalism such as this is always annoying but the trail of insurance forms, diocesan forms and finding the right time to effect a repair, is always time consuming. Also on the agenda for repair, at the same time, was the West Door, which had rotted at the bottom and was letting in water. Both repairs would need funding and gave their Parochial Church Council (PCC) concerns as to how this would happen.
It was also considered prudent to protect the window against any other future damage by fitting a wire guard – not exactly pretty but very effective. Clearly this added to the cost of the project – Oh my goodness!
The PCC applied to Veolia Mardyke Trust for help with the funding of the wire guard and the West Door repair and they have been generous enough to award a grant of £2,000 to help defray the total cost, which enabled the project to be completed.