Bid to save the ‘loveliest’ church in the Wolds

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Campaigners battling to save one of the region’s most idyllic churches face the daunting task of raising £100,000 to stop it closing.

St Helen’s Church in Biscathorpe, near Donington on Bain, is closed to the public because of safety fears.

A meeting was held two weeks ago to discuss the possibliy of saving the Grade Two listed structure.

People attending the meeting were told a report by an architect revealed £45,000 was needed over the next five years to re-open the church.

However, the total cost of restoring the building to its former glory will be £100,000.

Spokesman Ann South said: “The cost of the repairs is frightening. It is a daunting task raising so much money but we don’t want to see such a beautiful church close.

“I suppose it is a sign of the times. A lot of rural churches are struggling but we intend to try and save St Helens.”

Mrs South said the Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey, the Venerable Jane Sinclair spoke at the meeting and described the church as ‘one of the loveliest in the Wolds.’

St Helen’s was built in 1847 and restored in 1913. It is not clear when services stopped.

Campaigners are exploring various ideas for fundraising and are hopeful a benefactor might come forward. Mrs South added: “Judging by the number of people who have signed the visitors book, the church is very popular with walkers but I wonder how many of them have considered making a donation.”

Mrs South is keen to speak to anyone interested in helping save the church. Email ann.south31@tiscalia.co.uk or phone 01507 313792.