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Friends of St John's

Repairs to St John's and the Friends of St John's

In November 2014 we were the unfortunate victims of extensive lead theft from the entire length of the central roof of St John's. This caused a great deal of damage - far more than was within our resources to fund. Here you can see some of the damage caused by the theft.


Thankfully in November 2015 we were delighted to be awarded a First Round pass for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to repair the nave and chancel roofs and rainwater goods. Work began to secure additional funding and appoint a lead architect for the grant-aided project.



At the end of March 2016 after a competitive tender process we appointed Sebastian Rowe BSc Dip Arch RIBA AABC from Pearce Bottomley Architects as our conservation-accredited lead architect who has overseen these works funded by HLF.
Here he is pictured at St John's on the right with Revd Sarah in the middle and Stephen Calvert, also of Pearce Bottomley Architects, on the left. They arranged all the necessary surveys and preparatory work that needed to be done.

In March 2017 we were delighted to be awarded a second round pass by HLF and our Delivery Phase of this project went ahead. Work was completed in February 2018 with the installation of the new roof alarm system. Maybe you came and joined us at one of our open days, or perhaps you sponsored a slate in memory of a loved one or as thanks for the church? Have a look at some of our photographs from the last few months below:

Thank you everyone for your support!
Want to get involved?

In May 2015 we formed an informal group of representatives from the community and from our church who would be responsible for raising awareness of the plight of St John's and gathering information to advise the PCC on the best course for the future. Over the summer we make appearances at lots of of local carnivals and fairs to share information about the church and our hopes for the future. 

The Friends take the lead also on fundraising to cover the match funding that we need to accompany our grant from HLF. If you would like to make a donation towards the repairs and restoration of St John's or you're interested in joining our Friends group please contact Revd Sarah Hancox on 01977 515686 or hancoxsa@gmail.com who can advise you on this.

Thank you all very much for your support. Our hope is that St John's can be reborn from this disaster to greater serve our community in Oulton and Woodlesford.