St Swithun's Church HLF Repairs Project - June Update

St Swithun’s, Long Bennington Church HLF Repair Project



The work to make urgently needed repairs to the St Swithun’s Church continues at a pace and in-line with the revised programme schedule, which should see the building open for use again in early October.

All the repairs to the Chancel roof beams are now complete, and the new roof-covering should be in-place by early July.  The focus then switches to drainage improvements in an effort to stabilise the movement in the North Aisle and East Chancel walls.  There are 3 parts to this work: first, the fitting of new, larger, gutters and downpipes, for which the scaffolding is already in-place (see picture); second, the repair and sealing of the gutters at the base of the walls; and third, the construction of new underground drainage channels to route collected water into the dyke at the back of the Church, which itself feeds into the River Witham.

Temporary repairs will also be made to the damaged internal walls. These will undergo more permanent repairs in around 2 years time, once the seasonal movement of the building’s walls has been stabilised.

However, I am afraid that the PCC is still short of around £10,000 needed to pay for the Addition Works, £52,000, caused by death-watch beetle damage.  If you feel that you could help, you can donate by: Donating at: .

  • Posting a cheque (payable to Long Bennington PCC), or cash into:
    • the PCC’s post box in the foyer of the Village Hall.
    • The Saxonwell Vicarage (adjacent to the Church). 
    • Chapel House, Main Road (just south of the Methodist Church).

The PCC would be extremely grateful if you could help; no donation is too small!  This is your local church, please help us ensure it is here for you and future generations.


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