The St Stephen’s spire has stood as a significant part of the Canonbury landscape for over 180 years. It marks out St Stephens as a place of worship, refuge and support in the midst of our diverse community and symbolises the continuous presence of the church in Canonbury through changing times and passing generations.
When the Church was bombed in 1940 the top of the spire was destroyed and the tower remained in its diminished form until fundraising to mark the beginning of the new millennium made it possible to replace the upper part once again.
During the quinquennial inspection carried out in 2016, some issues were identified with the structure of the tower and after further investigations, it was established that cracks had appeared in some of the stonework. This is possibly due to the weight of the new section installed in 2000 or could be due to general movement and settlement over many years.
Repairs need to be carried out to ensure that there is no further deterioration with water and frost getting into the stonework. Our architect has prepared a programme of works and quotations have been received. The best of these is £85,000 for erecting scaffolding and carrying out the work.
We have managed to raise considerable funding towards this.
The Richard Cloudesley Charity has awarded a grant of £60,000
All Churches Trust has awarded a grant of £3,500
In addition, we will receive £14,000 in a VAT refund.
This means that the total now funded is £77,500
Leaving a shortfall of £7,500
Can you help us meet our target and get this work done this year?
We would welcome donations to help us find the last few thousand pounds we need to ensure that these repairs can be carried out before another winter causes more deterioration.
Any gift you can give, large or small, will help and if you are a UK tax payer on income, pensions or savings we can claim Gift Aid on your donation and increase it by 25% at no extra cost to you.
You can give by:
Making a bank transfer to the church account:
Nat West; St Stephen’s Church, Canonbury; Sort code 50-30-09; Account no. 04811151
Please reference your payment ‘Spire Appeal.’
Sending a cheque made to ‘St Stephen’s, Canonbury’ to:
The Church Office, St Stephen’s Church Centre, 17 Canonbury Road, London. N1 2DF
Please write ‘Spire Appeal’ on the back of your cheque.
Putting a donation in cash or cheque in an envelope marked ‘Spire Appeal’ in the offering at any service.
It is also possible to make a donation using a Charity Aid Foundation voucher.
If you are a regular giver to St Stephens’ and we hold a Gift Aid declaration for you we will automatically claim this on your donation. If we do not hold a Gift Aid declaration for you and you would like us to claim this on your donation please contact us by email and ask for a Gift Aid form – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support.