Memories buried in Chardstock church roof for future generations

PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:51 11 August 2016

Rev Geoffrey Walsh places the time capsule in the church roof

Rev Geoffrey Walsh places the time capsule in the church roof

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Villagers last week buried a time capsule in the new roof of St Andrew’s Church.

Future generations will one day be able to read about the daily lives of people in Chardstock.

Villagers last week buried a time capsule in the new roof of St Andrew’s Church.

It was put in place by the Reverend Geoffrey Walsh during a special ceremony, which saw invited guests clamber onto the roof of the ancient building.

Watched by members of the congregation and workers from O’Briens Roofing Contractors, Mr Walsh placed the time capsule among the timbers.

It contains information about St Andrew’s and its congregation, services and fundraising for the roof repair, together with the Friends of St Andrew’s, the parish council, St Andrew’s School, the village newsletter and the village flower show.

Also contained within the time capsule are the names of the 344 people who sponsored a roof tile to be placed upon the roof.

The Friends of St Andrews raised more than £1,000 by selling sponsorship for the replacement tiles.

The backs of 242 tiles were signed by their sponsors and are now on the roof, close to the time capsule.

However, without a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant through the Listed Places of Worship - Roof Repair Fund, which amounted to £88,300, of the total £122,000 required, the essential repair work would not have been able to take place, stress officials.

“St Andrew’s Church is eternally grateful for this grant,” a spokesman told the Midweek Herald. “Future generations will one day be able to read about the daily lives of people in Chardstock.”


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