Date: Monday 16 June 2014
We supported a fundraising appeal to restore the ancient Evesham Abbey Bell Tower by sponsoring a charity concert to the tune of £500.
Fundraisers need to generate £500,000 to carry out essential maintenance works to the Grade I-listed bell tower, built in 1530, which requires significant repairs to the stonework.
So far, more than £340,000 has been raised and a Brass, Pipes and Drums concert has been held to boost the fund, sponsored by us.
Reg Jakeman, committee member for the Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal, says: “We launched the appeal in May 2013 and we’ve been delighted with the support we’ve received. It’s been a lot of hard work and we’ve organised quite a few fundraising events, but it’s all for a very worthwhile cause.
“The bell tower has deteriorated over the years. Its last maintenance work was in 1951 and it needs repairs to the stonework, the ironwork and the weathervanes.
“We’re very grateful to all of our supporters and, in particular, to Taylor Wimpey for kindly sponsoring the fundraising concert.”
The Brass, Pipes and Drums concert took place on Friday 30th May at the Arts Centre in Evesham and featured music from the Avonbank Brass Band and St Andrew’s Scottish Pipe Band of Cheltenham.
Anne Wallace, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We were delighted to gift £500 towards the cost of the concert, which has helped to raise funds for a fantastic appeal.
“The Evesham Abbey Bell Tower is an important local landmark and we wish the committee the very best of luck in its ongoing fundraising towards the conservation of this historic building.”
If the fundraising appeal is successful, it is hoped that the maintenance work on the bell tower will begin in February 2015. To find out more about the appeal, visit www.eveshambelltower.org.uk.
We are currently building homes at our Lavender Fields development in Evesham.