Due to the severe and extensive nature of the damage, there was no remaining physical evidence to assist in determining precisely where the fire originated within the church or its cause.
Our vicar, the Reverend Royston Such, will be retiring at Christmas this year after almost a quarter of a century of service in the parish. Our thoughts and prayers will go with him as he moves on.
Today, Wednesday 17 September, the last of the bells (the Tenor) was lowered. All bells have now been taken away for expert assessment and safe keeping. Unfortunately, probably due to them being dowsed with firefighting water whilst extremely hot, two … Continued
No, they’re not falling of their own accord, but being carefully lowered courtesy of the special reinforced scaffolding recently erected. This is a major milestone – once all the bells are safely out of the tower, full fire investigation and … Continued
Information on the much anticipated return of the Charnwood Trio and a Fun Wine Tasting Evening— both in aid of the rebuilding — has been added to the Fundraising page.
To paraphrase one of our better known Prime Ministers, this isn’t the beginning of the end but it may well be the end of the beginning. It feels as though getting to this point has taken a very long time, … Continued
Our fundraising page has been updated with information on our Ropley Church Appeal Walk to be held on Sunday 21st September. Jointly organised by The Ropley Society and the Friends of St Peter’s it offers a choice of routes and … Continued
A new gallery showing very detailed images of the bell has been added. These were taken from the scaffolding and also show the clock mechanism and the interior of the church from above. They’re in the “Post Fire / Rebuild” … Continued
We’ve reached a major milestone – the scaffolding is up around the tower. This will be used to allow the provision of supports so the heavy bells can be lowered safely. Still a very long way to go, but we … Continued
During the rebuild of St Peter’s, photos will be taken at key intervals and made available on a dedicated album page: https://raisestpeters.uk/images/galleries-post-fire-rebuild/ A sequence of photos was taken today (02 August 2014) by Andy Bonner during preparations for the erection … Continued