St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Eastry
St Mary is a Grade I listed church dating from the 12th century with nave and side aisles built lavishly in the 13th century under the guidance of Prior Henry of Eastry who also played an important part in the building of Canterbury Cathedral, the Eastry Manor being owned by the monks of Christ Church Abbey, Canterbury at the time.
The church suffered from lead theft twice meaning that the lead on both the 90 foot long north and south aisle roofs had to be replaced. The small but active congregation sought to find a suitable replacement material which would be approved by all the authorities and keep costs down and zinc was decided on.
The congregation had already had to fund raise for various essential repairs and maintenance and then had to meet a bill of £70,000 for this work and we were pleased to be able to help them so that finally after a number of years they have a church which is waterproof and ready for the winter.
Before and after pictures are in the printed Newsletter – sent to all members.