Current Repairs to All Saints' Leamington Spa
We're delighted to have completed the re-slating of the South Aisle and Baptistry roof during 2016. The work was funded by a major grant of £110,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund Roof Repair Fund, with additional grant aid from the Listed Places of Worship VAT scheme, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Coventry & Warwickshire Historic Churches Trust, and Allchurches Trust. Significant repairs were also carried out to the Central Tower roof as part of the project. All areas concerned were previously prone to serious water ingress so this is a major step forward.
The costs to carry out a comprehensive repair of this magnificent building have been professionally assessed. The essential repairs will cost roughly £7m - £8m. The work will have to be phased over a number of years with several grant applications and we will also need to raise significant sums ourselves. This is a huge challenge and we are working with others in the town in a newly-established Friends group to increase the interest in and support for the building. Meanwhile smaller repairs have to continue, and are carried out as funds permit.
Our sincere thanks to the Royal Leamington Spa Conservation Trust for the award of a £10,000 grant to redecorate the walls of the Lady Chapel, including repairs to the plasterwork. The work was completed in 2015 and the chapel has been transformed. The arches between the chapel and the North Transept have now been glazed-in; this brings a welcome improvement to the levels of warmth, light, and security, and it also looks much better than the old blue curtains. The Friends are looking at the lighting, which needs replacement. We also aim to replace the carpet, replace the two side curtains with doors, and repaint and restore the chapel ceilings as funding permits.
If you would like to support the repair of this church, please contact us to ask for details or make a donation, or become a Friend. Legacy income is also very much appreciated as we strive to keep the building in a good state of repair. We'd be most grateful for any assistance, large or small. Working together, we can repair this widely-used building and safeguard its future. Thank you.
The Church Clock
The overhaul of the clock mechanism and installation of an auto-winder is currently in hand, thanks to the generosity of grant aid from Royal Leamington Spa Town Council and Love Leamington, support from The Leamington Society, and numerous individual donations. We are most grateful to everyone who has contributed to the appeal to get the clock going once again. Currently the clock is in the workshop off-site and we look forward to its return in operational condition soon.