The Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Like many older churches, St Mary's has a roof covered in sheets of lead. This material has been used since early times to provide a roof covering which is waterproof, easily worked and heavy enough to stay in place during high winds.
The temporary covering is already starting to deteriorate, and the roof leaks badly in heavy rain. Water will soon damage the ancient beams and other structures. It is urgent that a permanent covering is fitted as soon as possible. Together with some generous private donations, and the insurance contribution promised, the roof repair fund at the start of this appeal stood at about £20,000. We will need £60,000, in total, to fix the roof.
The Roof Repair Appeal is the first stage of a restoration and improvement project for St Mary’s, which will see many parts of the church refurbished and improved. This project will ensure that St Mary’s remains a central part of Barton's life, not only for services, but as a venue for all sorts of community events and a church which is open all day for quiet prayer and reflection.