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Friday, September 30, 2016
Appeal to save Shakespeare's church
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¬†A campaigning group has launched a New Year appeal for funds to save the church where Shakespeare was baptised and buried. The group, Friends of Shakespeare's Church say the 13th Century Holy Trinity Church, in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, needs urgent work on the tower, spire, windows and part of the roof. In 2004 the edifice was under threat from dry rot and death-watch beetle. Major structural problems were discovered at that time and the restoration work has been carried out in stages. Scaffolding has been erected around the spire and the group urgently needs to raise £200,000 to keep it in place for further repairs that are needed. Friends of Shakespeare's Church said: "The New Year brings with it a focus on the fund to help solve the immediate crisis of the tower and spire. We call it the Save Our Spire fund; £200,000 is urgently needed. "We cannot tell yet what the total amount of money will be that we need to raise, but the most recent estimate from the architect is in the region of a further £3.25m." Thousands of people visit the Grade I listed building each year. Last year it received £50,000 funding from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. When in London, Shakespeare attended St Mary Overie's Church (now Southwark Cathedral) in Southwark. But Shakespeare was baptised at Holy Trinity on 26 April, 1564 and buried there on 25 April, 1616. Rev Martin Gorick said: "It is a national treasure, being kept open by a faithful group of local people with no government help. "Our heritage may be "priceless" but it still costs a great deal of money to preserve. We need your help." For more information see: http://www.shakespeareschurch.org Source: Friends of Shakespeare's Church
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