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Restoration project | Farlam Church
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The church bells have been repaired and rehung. They were rededicated at the Harvest Festival service and rung for the first time by two members of the congregation

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The bellicote has been rebuilt and the roofers are busy putting the slates back on the roof. The original slates are being reused but the hand made nails are replaced with copper ones
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St Thomas a Beckett Roof Restoration
Following two years of dedicated work by the Restoration Group, work is well underway to restore the main Church Roof and Bellcote.
The Project is being led by Architect Ian Wells of Countryside Consultants in Alston who is working closely with the Contractor Stephen Gebbels from Hexham.
The two bells have been removed from the Bellcote and will be restored by Ron East, the Carlisle Diocesan Bell Advisor. The Bellcote itself will be completely dismantled and rebuilt using new stone where necessary to enable the restored bells to be re-hung.
Bell 1 was cast by John Warner and Sons of Cripplegate, London in 1858 and Bell 2 in 1859. Bell 1 is 18 inches in diameter and weighs 1 cwt and 1 qtr. Bell 2 has a diameter of 19 inches and weighs 1 cwt 2 qtrs. For the benefit of our younger readers Bell 1 weighs 63.5 kilos while Bell 2 weighs 76.2 kilos.
The bells were donated by Mr. Ramshay of Narworth Castle and cost £38.18s.6d.
The main Church Roof is also being replaced as part of the £68,789 scheme. The project received £53,806 in grant funding from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, which the Restoration Group secured last year. Competition for this funding was extremely keen and the Church was very fortunate to be awarded it. The Farlam Trust also made a generous contribution to the works which helped the larger grant to be secured.
The repairs are scheduled to finish in mId-September. In the meantime Church Services are continuing as usual. Further fund raising will be a major part of the Restoration Group’s activities for some time as there are a number of smaller, lower level roofs to repair along with several essential internal projects that need dealing with.
Lynne McKenzie
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Thank you to the generous personal donation of £600 towards the restoration costs. A wonderful start to the new year


Anyone wishing to contribute please contact Rev Edward Johnsen either with financial assistance or helping with the project.
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The restoration group are delighted to announce that the recent application to the Roof repair fund through the government supported listed places of worship fund has been successful. The church will receive £41, 000 plus vat to cover essential work to the bellicote and nave roof.

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The Church has been standing at the top of the hill for over 160 years, battered by the Cumbrian weather. It has taken its toll on the roof and windows.

A committee has been formed to raise money to make the necessary repairs. The work needed is considerable £85000.

This funding does not cover windows, some repointing, refurbishing the boiler house, a new vestry door, lightening conductor and other maintenance to the interior of the building.

A new carpet is needed in the church to cover the floor where the pews were removed. This will allow the church to host events with a large floor space.
If you would like to use the church for an event please contact the vicar or church wardens.
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Farlam Parish Trust supported by Thompson Quarries, have agreed to donate £4000 towards the Bellcote and roof repairs.

The Church has been gifted £1000 this Christmas from the Ecclesiastical Insurance Company

The church is grateful to the parish trust for a grant of £1000 towards the cost of these first basic repairs to the Bells.
This will enable the project to apply for other grants as match funding.
The second round of roof repair funds can now be applied for. The restoration group has applying. After attending a support day the application will be revised and reduced to hopefully stand a better chance of success.


The bells were gifted in 1860 and made by Warner of London.

Pews all sold


Sale of these will go towards the new carpet.

£1000 has been awarded by Farlam Village Trust.

We are hoping to fund the repairs to the bells and surrounding masonry from fund raising and grants.

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Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the restoration fund please get in contact with the vicar, Church Wardens or Jacqueline on 016977 42662, Church Treasurer.


Legacy

If you would be interested in leaving a gift in your will to the church, please talk to the Vicar. More information can be found on the church of England web site
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This is the list of original donors for building the church in 1860. Amongst the notable gentry from the area was the late Robert Stephenson Esquire, MP of London.
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This obituary appeared in the Carlisle Journal in 1848 to George Stephenson. It illustrates the close connection the family had with the area and the donation made by his son.