The parish of Loddington is on the eastern border of Leicestershire. Loddington is a small rural parish that contains a village and a church and that history has separated by a field.
St Michael and All Angels parish church has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. But when you first visit it is like stepping back in history. The village was largely destroyed by plague and when the people came to rebuild their houses they did so away from the original site. So the church now stands a little distance from the community it serves.
Park in the road, open a gate and walk across a field (boots are needed in wet weather) possibly through sheep, and there is this gem of a little church. There is no electricity so services are by candlelight and the organ is pumped manually.
Inspecting the Roof
To inspect the roof timbers, we had to put scaffolding up inside the church, this ended up being 3 floors high. On the 3rd level, the entire floor was boarded so that the inspection team could inspect the entire roof and complete a thorough assessment.
Loddington Parochial Church Council are raising money to restore the Church roof which is in need of extensive and expensive repairs.
The church had its Quinquennial Inspection in March 2015, and it was found that roof timbers were becoming unsafe and the bell frame likewise. This has been confirmed by a micro-drilling inspection of the timbers.
The final outcome is that we need to raise circa £300,000 to repair these beams and replace the Church roof. We are hoping to obtain Heritage Lottery Funding but to achieve this the PCC needs to raise a considerable sum before we can apply for the HLF grant
The inspection showed that the main roof support timbers need extensive repair and that also means that the roof need to be repaired also.
The inspection also looked at the bell tower, this need a steel support so that the bells can be made secure.
The church avenue in spring
The altar, in the morning
the church organ
a blanket of snow
The church from the end of the avenue
First view of the church from the avenue