Weather vane is set fair for reborn church
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.
Adam Reynolds gets ready to place the new weather vane on to the roof of Kenardington Church