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By Peter Harris


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Renovation work on an ancient village church has been completed after a charity stepped in with a grant of £11,000.

Stonework has been renovated and the roof on the tower at St Giles’ Church, Ollerton, has been replaced.

The £44,000 project at the church, which is listed for protection, has been carried out by A. J. Restoration of Nottingham.

Waste Recycling Environmental (Wren) which distributes landfill tax credits, gave £11,000 to the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust.

The charity, which assists with the restoration of historic churches and chapels of all Christian denominations, passed it on to the Ollerton project.

The rest came from the Ollerton Town church lands and poor estate.

A congregation member and spokesman for the church, Mrs Mary Brown, of Station Road, said the estate was an amalgamation of various 18th Century trusts.

“The church is now looking good,” she said. “The restorers have re-mortared and replaced much of the cement mortar with old lime mortar, which stands up better against the weather.

“This grant made a tremendous difference. It is important that the church is preserved.”

Mrs Brown said various fund-raising events were held in the church to help towards the renovation bill.

She said while they were working on the tower roof, workmen found hand and footprints left by roofers the last time renovations were carried out in the mid-19th Century.

A church has been present in Ollerton since the days of William the Conqueror. Parts of the current church were built in the 11th and 12th centuries.

It was then rebuilt in 1777 in the style of a Georgian preaching house.



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