The All Saints’ Tower
|“I used to sing in the choir.” “I was baptized
there.” “My parents were married there.”
The church tower and spire are a familiar landmark in Hessle, but it
needs your help. The tower is suffering from the effects of 600
years of weather.
This church – Grade I listed – is the most beautiful thing
you see in your daily life in Hessle and one of the reasons why Hessle
is such a good place to live. It is there for all the people of Hessle,
not just church members. That is what being the established church
means. Just think of all the people who have been baptized or married
here, or found comfort and friendship after a bereavement. We are here
for the schools and civic services, and for the day of Hessle Feast, and
last year 3365 people came to
the Christmas and carol services (2293 adults and 1072 under 16s). Help
us to keep the building in shape for the people of this village.
The story begins with the quinquennial Inspection of the Inspecting Architect in 2017. (By law, all churches have to be
inspected every five years and the Architect provides details of work
that is needed as the basis for future repairs and maintenance.) On this
occasion we were very concerned at the deterioration that had taken
place to the stonework and roof covering of the tower since the
inspection five years before, and the Tower Appeal was launched
in October 2019. The Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, is the Patron.
shows just one part of the problem – a movement crack on the east side
of the tower. You can see it clearly if you stand in front of My
Dentist. In addition, the inspection revealed
• noticeable open joints; one or two large
ashlars have cracks; and there is movement in the corners which may be
associated with the concrete lining to the tower parapet gutter and the
ad hoc concrete “buttressing” behind each corner pinnacle;
• some badly weathered pinnacles;
• at some time in the past, and we do not know
when or why, concrete has been laid over lead on the roof and both are
• old corner tie-rods embedded into the
buttressing and adjacent walls are rusting;
• there are multiple cracks in the transoms of
the mullioned windows.
|The cost is
estimated at “up to” £200,000. That figure includes generous
contingency sums as the Architect does not know what he is going to find
when the roof covering comes up.
By mid-February £24,070 had been raised locally
through events such as a sponsored run to Normanby Hall, a table-top sale, a Quiz night, a Humber Bridge Cross, a Last
Night of the Proms, monies from the church Lenten lunches and a monthly
draw called the 100 Club. In particular, a leaflet-and-envelope
drop at all homes and businesses in the HU13 postcode area has drawn a
very pleasing response from local people who are not church members but
see All Saints’ as their church.
Thank you to all who have
responded and supported the Appeal. We are particularly grateful to
all who have worked to bring this about, and to those who donated money,
Rotary Club of Hull and the organizers of the Hessle West Open Gardens
Day 2019. The next step will be to approach grant-giving
please make cheques out to ‘All Saints Tower Appeal’ on the back of
the cheque. Or you can give electronically at a/c no. 50700061, sort
code 20 43 47, using reference ‘AS Tower Appeal’, or donate by cash
at the church.
Please remember that the Gift Aid scheme increases
the value of donations by 25%. (You can Gift Aid up to four times what
you pay in income tax or capital gains tax in any one tax year.)
Watch out here for our programme
of events in 2020. So far we have
EVENTS POSTPONED DUE TO IMPLICATIONS OF
• a Spring Concert with the Hunsley Singers on
Thursday 26 March (admission £6)
• ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ on Easter
Saturday at 12 noon (going for the world record – we need 253
• a quiz night along the lines of ‘Call My
Bluff’ on Friday 15 May with a pie-and-pea supper
• an Auction of Promises on Friday 5 June.
In addition to the programme of events, the Appeal is to be the beneficiary of a car-boot sale at
Sainsbury’s on Easter Sunday. We are most grateful to Sainsbury’s for this initiative.
to Paul Hardy, Chair of the Tower Appeal Committee, tel. 07810 878975,
or Eve Johansson, Secretary of the Tower Appeal Committee, tel. 01482
641242. You can call in and find out more about the Appeal and the
church – its present-day work and the building – between 10am and 12
noon Monday to Saturday.