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AXMINSTER: Ambling to restore The Minster

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A SPONSORED Axe Amble and a picnic tea with stalls and a raffle, starting and ending at Weycroft Bridge bed and breakfast establishment will take place on Bank Holiday Monday (August 25th) to raise funds for The Minster Restoration Fund. Building work using local contractors for phase one of the project has now begun and will last for 10 weeks Architect Chris Romain has been instructed to draw up detailed plans and costings for this phase two which will include essential facilities such as kitchen, toilet, storage provision and a newly designed West end entrance area. A spokesperson for The Minster said: “We know that this next phase will cost considerably more than the present phase and will require much patience, support and hard work from all possible funding sources to raise the money. “It is very exciting to see the beginnings of the restoration work coming to pass after so many years of planning and also to have the pleasure of meeting and involving so many people from the community of Axminster in such an important project to restore and improve this ancient church building situated in the centre of the town.” Margaret and Alan Marcimak have kindly offered their grounds by the banks of the Axe at Weycroft Bridge for the Bank Holiday event and several local businesses have donated generous gifts for this event. There will be some stalls and a picnic tea available while the sponsored walkers will complete a circuit of about five miles around the River Axe. Details of the event can be found on posters around the town and sponsorship forms are available from Archway bookshop or the TIC. Contact 01297 32927 for any further information.

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