Since our last post on the problems with the East wall, we have had some survey work done, and the news is not good.
The East wall is being forced away from the rest of the building by pressure from the arches, and if nothing is done, the church will fall down. Indeed, the church has been declared unsafe and cannot be used at all for now.
As a longer term solution, it is proposed to put two buttresses on the East wall and strengthen the arches.
As a short term solution, the PCC is investigating temporary struts so the church can reopen.
These solutions will need a lot of money: the estimated cost of repairs is £80,000.
Foston Church is loved by many. The Flower and Christmas Tree Festivals attract people from a wide area. It is a beautiful, peaceful place. Every day, people use the lovely churchyard, which is a popular destination for a picnic by walkers and cyclists.
When we are able and the weather is better, we hope to arrange an open day in the churchyard so you can see the problem for yourself.
If you have any questions about this, please contact us.