A restoration project on an historic church, which has parts over 1,200 years old, has been completed.
A special service was held at St Peter’s Church Dunchurch on Sunday October 18 to celebrate its completion, which cost more than £200,000.
The church, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book, had suffered in recent years from the erosion of its sandstone walls.
The restoration project was started in 2013 and the congregation and local community raised over £20,000 through fundraising events.
The Heritage Lottery Fund was impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment shown in preserving this important building and awarded a grant of £190,000 which was followed by further grants from WREN Landfill Trust, Coventry and Warwickshire Historic Churches, National Churches Trust and a very welcome grant from Dunchurch Festival Committee.
Contractors, Splitlath Building Conservation, started work in March of this year and for months the church was swathed in scaffolding.
Churchwarden Chris Sarson said how grateful he was that the vast majority of couples due to get married at the church this year continued with their plans and that neighbours of the church had been so patient.
The opportunity was also taken to refurbish the clock and to brighten the interior entrance with new flooring, oak woodwork and lime-washed walls.
After the service over 40 members of the congregation stayed for drinks and food and to thank those who had contributed with funds, time or their skills.
Splitlath, which is based in Hay on Wye, was represented by its site agent Darron Price and foreman Richard Nash.
Church officials said they were warmly applauded for the quality of their work and their consideration for the needs of the church.