Fundraising To Prevent Church Flooding
12:04am 6th April 2014
A band of Dorset villagers are trying to raise enough money to protect their local church from future flooding.
The Grade 1 listed St Mary's Church in Charminster was badly flooded when the nearby river spilled over following weeks of stormy weather.
Local residents are now raising money to help renovate their historic church and protect it from getting washed out again.
Jane House helped organise the fundraisers and told us why the listed building floods so easily;
"The problem we've got at the moment is we've got Victorian flooring in there, which is really big pieces of wood and quite deep, and the water just gets soaked up into those and really damages them."
"What we hope for is to have a stone floor instead of a wooden floor which is there at present, and some underfloor heating. With a stone floor the water will come up and go back down again."
"We're removed from being upset about the church flooding and now see this moment as an opportunity for renovation."
A special fundraising Quiz is being held at the village hall on Friday (11th April) and a Second Hand Sale is being held at the Charminster Village Hall on the Saturday (12th April).
Campaigners for the St Mary's Church flood fund don't know how much they're going to need but hope they can generate enough funds to contribute to the renovations pot.