Collapse of Lewes church averted, thanks to donations

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A Lewes church has found most of the money it needed for vital repairs. Ancient stonework was crumbling away in the nave of St Thomas a Beckett at Cliffe and experts had to be called in before part of the building collapsed.

Following the story appearing in the Sussex Express, generous contributions have been made including substantial grants from the Feoffees and the Chalk Hill Trust. Many members of the congregation and visitors to the Cliffe High Street church have also made donations towards the costs, which are likely to reach £20,000.

“This is a magnificent effort,” said Trevor Butler, the church’s webmaster. “We are so grateful to all who have helped ensure the church remains standing to serve future generations.”