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During the third week of October, at the request of the All Saints’ PCC, an Exeter-based company who specialise in the maintenance and repair of Grade 1 Listed Buildings, and especially churches, made a site visit to the church in order to be able to give advice and also quote for repair and ongoing maintenance.

Unfortunately, this site visit confirmed there are other areas in the south aisle ceiling that are showing signs they may fall, and also some dubious areas in the ceiling of the north aisle that need further investigation.
We are sad that the situation means we are unable to hold ANY form of larger service or activity that would usually take place in the nave and this will have to continue until things have been made safe.


Another regrettable consequence is that we are unable to hold the monthly MESSY CHURCH sessions at the moment. The Fellowship Rooms space is simply not big enough to accommodate the adults and children who attend, or the activities we usually provide.
Having also experienced a flood, during torrential rain, down the tower steps and into the mechanism of the clock chimes, we are also awaiting quotes for repair to the tower roof and its door before reinstating the repaired mechanism. We don’t want to put it back and have the same happen again!
Rest assured we are striving to do the very best for this beautiful, historic and important building which we believe is at the heart of the village in more than geographical terms. Early in November we are holding a Vision Day for church members to look at the future of All Saints’, both the worship and the building, and this will undoubtedly include discussion and, hopefully decisions, on how we may continue to fund the necessities of such an old, historic church.

UPDATE 8th December 2019

Russ Palmer (architect), having been instructed by the All Saints' PCC, has now sent his specifications of the work required (for repairs to the ceiling) to three companies approved by the Diocese.  Taking into account the impending Christmas break, he has asked that they each submit their quote by 13th January.

UPDATE 19TH January 2020

The PCC met on Thursday 16th January and discussed the quotes received from the three listed building contractors for the necessary ceiling repairs.  Russ Palmer, our architect recommended acceptance of the lowest quote which is for £34,840 (exclusive of VAT) and for  14 weeks work with a 2 week lead in.  This anticipates a minimum ceiling panel replacement of 20 panels in each aisle.

UPDATE 26TH January 2020

Our first grant application to the Wolfson Foundation for £10,000 has been submitted to help pay for this work.  If awarded the funds will be provided in June 2020.  Futher grant applications and fundraising initiatives are in hand.  If you would like to be involved please contact our churchwarden by clicking on the link below.

Without further funding the PCC is unable to proceed with the repair.

UPDATE 20TH MARCH 2020

Further Grants have been applied for from Devon Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) and the AllChurches Trust (ACT).  A meeting was held between Mrs Martin from DHCT and Revd. John Williams to review the Grant application  on the 25th February at All Saints.  The Exeter Diocese Archbishops fund has given a grant of £2,000 towards the ceiling repairs.

A further grant application is being prepared for submission to the Landfill Communities Fund.

The Parochial Church Council Repair team is planning to make applications for further grants and to intiate some excellent fund raising events.  If anyone would like to help with this please contact Judith Johnson our churchwarden through our contacts page here.


We will keep you updated in the Kenton Newsletter, on our website at www.allsaintskenton.org.uk and on the All Saints Church and Kenton Devon Facebook pages.

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