Grant helps hill-top church with preservation work

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When All Saints Church, the Ramblers Church, holds its annual carol service this 
Saturday, there will be more than one reason to celebrate.

One of Lincolnshire‘s oldest and best known churches, sitting high on the Wolds above Walesby, has obtained a £2,000 grant.

And that is great news for the Friends of the Old Church.

The church is a familiar landmark in the Wolds and stands on the Viking Way at one of the highest vantage points.

The £2,000 grant will help preserve and restore the building for the next generation.

A quinquennial inspection was carried out in 2013 requiring work to be carried out totalling £18,000.

Some of the parapets had to be removed, drainage needed attention and the lightening conductor improved.

Some of this work has been carried out and one extra positive is that the church is now damp free.

The church is part of the Walesby group and West Wold Deanery, but has only three or four services a year.

And the biggest is the Carol Service, which takes place this Saturday, December 13, at 7pm, when the music will be led by the Gainsborough Salvation Army Band and Da Capo Folk Group.

The £2,000 grant has been obtained from the Headley Trust and Friends of the Ramblers Church Secretary Fay Thurman said: “Without this and the continued help and support of the friends we would struggle to keep our lovely church open.

“A big thank to you all and we look forward to seeing you at our carol service.”