Leaking church tower causes damage to baptistry

THE urgent need for repairs at St Michael’s Parish Church in Lyme Regis was emphasised today as plaster began falling from the inside of the tower. 

The main church entrance had to be locked to the public after plaster started falling from the walls of the baptistry – the area where the font is positioned – due to water ingress in the tower.

The church remains open to the public, and signs have been erected directing church-goers to use the north entrance instead.

The Parochial Church Council at St Michael’s has been told it needs to raise at least £121,400 for repairs to the tower – the oldest part of the church.

Members of the congregation and supporters have already held some fundraising events, but there is still a long way to go to meet the target.

The church has turned to the local community to ask for help in raising the funds.

Speaking recently to LymeOnline, Heidi Merrett, lay-chairman of the PCC, said: “The church is there for people to take comfort in and help them through crisis. It’s open everyday but we have to keep it safe, we’d hate to see it closed.”

Anyone who is interested in helping the fundraising campaign or has any ideas for events should contact Heidi on 07706 058 676.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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