All Saints Leighton Buzzard Preservation Trust. Registered charity No. 1077207
< Terry Warburton, the Trust’s Appeal Director - and until 15 May 2016, Chairman of the church’s Fabric Committee, has been immortalised in stone!
Unknown to him a “gargoyle” was carved to go on the medieval chapel of the church, where it now lives, surveying all who enter the churchyard. The other gargoyles date from the 15th century.
Terry was “astonished and speechless” after such a gesture. And very honoured.
<< The churchyard wall is in need of repair in places. A stop gap emergency repair will be undertaken shortly. More expense!
The church’s south transept was repaired externally in 2010, apart from the roof, which had to be left because of lack of funding. This has been done and internal redecoration of the south transept is now under way.
Brewery in Leighton Buzzard makes a special pint to help the Trust
All Saints Vicar, Canon Grant Fellows enjoys a pint whilst brewer Jon d’Est-Hoare hands over a cheque to Appeal Director Terry Warburton.
Leighton’s new brewery is brewing a special 4.6% “Restoration Ale” best bitter, and donating £1 from each cask sold, to the Trust.
It is on sale in various pubs around the town. Look out for it - and try it!
A consequence of the work during the past fifteen years has been the huge amount of dust and grit generated. This has affected the church’s Harrison and Harrison organ which is now malfunctioning. It will cost upwards of £50,000 to overhaul.
Work is scheduled for 2018 and the Trust is playing its part in finding funding.
New boilers were fitted in 2005 after the old boiler house was condemned. The convector blowers were not replaced and were reaching the end of their lives.
<< New ones have now been installed so the church is warm again!