Grade I listed St Mary's has been the parish church of Chaddesden since at least 1347 AD. The chancel of the present building dates from that period, with the nave, aisles and tower being later additions.
In the Victorian era the church building was refurbished, with alterations to the height and pitch of the roof, and in the Edwardian era, there was further work with additional wood panelling and a reredos added to the chancel.
The project will focus on replacing the roof slates over the aisles and the nave and repairing the lead on the tower roof. It includes improving the rainwater goods to protect the new roofs.
Top tips from completed project feedback:
Pray pray pray. The church building belongs to the Lord and if he wants you to continue meeting there and using it for his glory, he will make it happen.
Be persistent - apply for as many grants as you can. Hone your grant application skills with each one. Reapply for some that have rejected you once you have some funding in place - the match funding is the most difficult part.
Don't be disheartened - there will be many rejections.
Enlist the help of Historic England if your church is listed - they are a mine of information and so helpful. They genuinely want to preserve the heritage in the UK.