Weather vane is set fair for re­born church

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

UN­TIL two years ago things were looking bleak for the parish church in the tiny ru­ral vil­lage of Ke­nard­ing­ton – as it was in des­per­ate need of re­pairs. De­ter­mined to pre­serve the an­cient build­ing, the small team of the Friends of St Mary’s, with ac­tor Sir Don­ald Sin­den as their pa­tron and other no­table sup­port­ers back­ing the ef­fort, raised the re­mark­able sum of £250,000 from grants and by run­ning events to pay for restora­tion work. It has trans­formed the build­ing. Roof tim­bers and doors have been re­placed, the porch made wa­ter­proof and light­ning con­duc­tors erected. Last week they cel­e­brated the end of the ex­ten­sive restora­tion as a new weather vane was hoisted on the tower. De­lighted rec­tor the Rev Rod Whate­ley has praised the whole com­mu­nity that has worked so hard to en­sure the church’s sur­vival.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1491615

Adam Reynolds gets ready to place the new weather vane on to the roof of Ke­nard­ing­ton Church

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