Save our Stones

Your Merrow Parish Church Tower is beginning to show its age. Built in 1842 (almost 180 years ago), the stonework around the belfry louvre openings on the east and west sides of the tower is spalling and flaking off; some rather large lumps have recently fallen to earth presenting a real H&S risk. Work has now started to repair the stonework.

Stonework broken off the East Elevation
Corrosion to the West Rose window

The work will include cutting out old and rusted iron fixings and tie bars and fitting new stainless-steel fixings where required; cutting out spalled stonework ready to receive new stonework; and cutting, carving and fitting the new stonework.

The work will be carried out by Anstey and Stone, the well-known local stonemason company of Farnham, at a cost of some £5,500.

The Friends would like to support St. John’s in this work and are launching our SOS appeal to “Save Our Stones”.

The best way to do this is for you to consider sponsoring some months’ worth of the ageing of the old 1842 stonework.

For example:

A donation of £15 would recover 6 months of the 180 years of.

One of £30 would recover a one year of the 180 years.

A donation of £90 would recover 3 years of the 180years.

If you would gift aid your donation it would add 25% to the value of your gift.

Please go to our Donate Page where you will find a way of Saving Our Stones.

If you would like more information, please contact FoStJ Secretary Gordon Farquharson

Thank you.