Villagers Optimistic Over Church Repairs in Charminster
7:29am 24th June 2014
Fundraising has begun to bring a Grade 1 Listed church near Dorchester back to life.
St Mary's Church in the village of Charminster was washed out in the New Year floods when rising water levels burst through the floor.
Congregations have been taking place in the village hall ever since and repair work is estimated to cost £65,000.
Church Warden Jane House says services have been well attended since the floods and she's confident they'll be able to raise the money:
"I'm sure we're going to get there, everyone is working so hard and people are being very generous."
"The tenders for the work are in but we now need permission from Salisbury Church and planning permission from the Council."
"We've had wonderful community in the village hall, the congregation has been great and it actually seems to make our singing sound better which is very good. We've had new members of the congregation since we've been out of the church too."
Work is hoped to start in September later this year.