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Local Church Not Open This Christmas Because Of Flooding

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Published at 8:06am 13th December 2014.

A village near Dorchester can't use their church this Christmas after floods damaged it back in January!

St. Mary's in Charminster suffered floor damage earlier this year (2014) and work has still not yet begun to repair the Grade 1 listed building.

We spoke to Church Warden John Pearson who explained what's prevented the work, "We hoped that we would be in there by late Summer, and then we thought the Remembrance Service would be good, and then we thought Christmas. There were just a lot of delays, mainly bureaucracy, you've just got to get permission from so many different groups."

John continued to describe the impact on the village, "It's frustrating and a number of people have not been able to get married in the church, we've not been able to have one or two prominent funerals in the church, and all Sunday services are currently held in the village hall. It works fairly well, but it does mean we can't have a Christingle service in the village this year, as we can't use candles in the hall."

However, John did say fundraising efforts from locals had been fantastic with over £10,000 raised so far, and he's hoping there'll be back in the Church by Easter, after they've been granted full permission to start work.

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