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Eynsham Parish Council

St Peter's Roof

St Peter's Roof

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Another glimpse of heroic struggles behind the scenes to maintain the fabric of our village - and substantive achievement by Christmas 2007. Read more about St Peter's; fund-raising at St Leonard's.

£80,000 for a pitched roof to the church house and vestry?
Because we have had 4 flat roofs in 40 years. They only last 10-15 years. In the long run a pitched roof is cheaper even if the building work will be more disruptive to those who live there.

Are there any other advantages?

  • It will give the house proper insulation which will reduce the church's expenditure on heating in the future.
  • It will insulate the house from aeroplane noise.
  • It will provide a storage space in the new loft.
  • It will look much better from the outside as it will match the church.

Why is it so much more than we first thought? Because the first price was a very inaccurate and rough estimate and did not include all that needed doing.

Can't we find a cheaper builder? The three builders who tendered all came up with approximately the same price.

How much have we raised so far? Just over £48,000 including a generous donation of £30,000 from the Tolkien Trust.

How much have we got on Interest Free Loans? £32,500.

UPDATE JULY 2009: we still have a debt of over £20,000 to pay for the massive but essential work of providing a new roof for the house. Thanks for whatever you do to help us pay this off. Luckily it is all interest free but sadly we have another big expense coming up, as replacing the patio windows in the Tolkien Room is going to cost us over £10,000.

FURTHER READING: St Peter's history; restoration at St Leonard's (1987 - page 24).

  • Andrews-richard

    for St Peter's church house and vestry? Rain on the Open Gardens weekend only reinforced the case!

    Why do we need a new roof? Because the old one is letting in a great deal of water, cannot be repaired and must be replaced immediately.

  • Andrews-richard

    is bigger than it seems from the car park. Here is an aerial view of the church, with presbytery and sacristy outlined in white.

  • Andrews-richard

    Because we have had 4 flat roofs in 40 years. They only last 10- 15 years. In the long run a pitched roof is cheaper even if the building work will be more disruptive to those who live there.

  • Andrews-richard
  • Andrews-richard
  • Andrews-richard
  • Andrews-richard

    The spectre of a Bank Loan has melted away in less than a year. Please continue to support our fund-raising efforts!

  • Andrews-richard

    The temporary wooden building that served as the body of the church until 1963. You could rebuild the whole thing for £40,000 in those days!