A CHOIR sings in public for the first time in more than two years to help raise money for a repair bill at a historic village church.
Minehead Male Voice Choir are performing again after a hiatus caused by Covid-19 to help with repairs at Stogumber Church.
St Mary the Virgin Church is facing a £14,000 bill, mostly for work on the roof and parapets to stop rain entering the building causing structural rot and damage to the Victorian painted decoration.
Churchwarden Julian Spicer said: ‘Such a big bill, after two years of fundraising events being affected by Covid, has caused a lot of concern in the village.
Many Stogumber residents have come forward with donations and offers of help.
And Joe Hull hosted a fundraising concert by the Minehead Male Voice Choir to raise money for the repairs.
Joe, who is a member of the choir, said: “This will be the first gig we’ve had since Covid hit, and it’s a preview of what we’ll be playing at the International Male Voice Choir Festival in Cornwall this summer. ”
The concert will take place on Saturday 23 April at 7.30pm and tickets can be purchased at Central Stores, in Stogumber or online at www.stogumberfestival.com.
St Mary’s has been the focal point of Stogumber for over six centuries.
It is believed that there was also a place of worship on the site in Norman times, although all traces of the original church have disappeared.