AN ‘act of God’ has helped put an end to a saga that has run for more than seven years after a church finally paid for a new roof.
After years of fund-raising and hard graft, St Saviour’s Church, in Foremark, now has a new stainless steel roof.
Church chiefs have now moved to thank everyone who have helped pay for the vital repairs.
Reverend Martin Flowerdew said: “I can only explain it as an act of God placing his hand on several different things and making them all come together but St Saviour’s roof is now being covered in stainless steel.
“We rejoice at this news, as we believed we faced at least a couple of years of hard graft and fund-raising while water, despite our best efforts, still found its way into the building.
“Hopefully this will bring an end to a saga that began in 2007 and which has seen temporary roofing on the building since December 2009.
“May I thank everyone involved over this period, especially those who have given generously to our appeal over time.”
Services continue as normal at the church and the final touches are expected to be completed by the end of this month.
It is believed around £60,000 was raised to pay for the work.
The firm undertaking the work, AJ Restoration, recently completed work to repoint the spire atop St Wystan’s Church, in Repton.
The roof was completely releaded in 2002 but the site has become a crime hot spot in recent years, with lead stolen five times from the roof.
The building was one of the first churches to be built in England following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, which saw a ban on church building lifted.
It was officially consecrated by Bishop Hacket of Lichfield on September 21, 1662.