Hereford & Worcester

Donation plea for Rococo Shobdon Church repair

Fundraisers have appealed for donations to restore what they say is the UK's best example of a Rococo-style church.

Shobdon Church in Herefordshire needs about £1,070,000 of work to restore the listed Georgian Gothic building, the World Monuments Fund said.

Simon Arbuthnott chairman of Shobdon Church Preservation Trust said the project had secured £850,000 so far.

He said more donations were needed to reach the total or they may have to forfeit the money already secured.

'Close the gap'

The World Monuments Fund, a non-governmental organisation, said Shobdon Church was the best example of a Rococo-style church anywhere in the UK.

Mr Arbuthnott said: "We currently have promises from English Heritage and other charities of something like £850,000.

"In order to get started and finish the job we need the full amount so we are looking for £150,000 to close the gap."

Supporter Andrew Gilliat wrote in the Shobdon Church Preservation Trust newsletter: "We are not going to be able to raise this amount with concerts and coffee mornings.

"Our appeal will have to be not only to individuals who feel deeply about this wonderful building, but also to charities and trusts which are prepared to fund this sort of work."

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