An architectural report on our house, church and related buildings in Spring 2012 confirmed that our beautiful church had suffered over the years from rain coming through the roof damaging not only the roof itself but also the interior of the church, including the mosaics and tiled floors. In November 2012, to help to finance these extensive works, which will ultimately cost in the region of £400,000, we began the Oratory Church Restoration Fund, which to date has raised over £157,000.
In addition to fundraising, we also began seeking funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). In June 2016 we received confirmation that we had been successful in our bid to receive funding from the HLF to help restore the North Aisle Roof, which has suffered most from lead theft and related leaks over recent years. We have been awarded up to £74,800 which represent 64% of the projected cost of £117,400. We in turn will contribute just over £24,000 from the Church Restoration Fund. We envisage that the remainder will come from VAT rebates. We have already spent just under £8,000 from the Restoration Fund in architect’s fees for preparatory work on the North Aisle Project.
In partnership with the HLF, the north aisle roof has been restored. Unfortunately the central and south aisles have significant leaks. Furthermore, the rainwater damage especially to the apse mosaics and the tiles floors are significant. We offer our sincere thanks to all who have already contributed to the Oratory Church Restoration Fun.
We continue to rely on the generosity of parishioners, friends and benefactors. Please give whatever you can. It is always better if your donations can be Gift-Aided, so that we can reclaim the tax. The Fathers and Brothers offer holy Mass and pray regularly for the intentions of all our benefactors, living and departed.