Knights, a Bishop and a cheque, mate.
Anyone who owns a property knows about kerb appeal. How the entrance to your home looks is important, especially if you are trying to sell your property. The Fabric Group that looks after St James’ Parish Church felt that the Main Street entrance to the church grounds was ‘an unwelcoming disgrace’ especially since the Parish Council has made the village centre so attractive.
The stone gate posts had become unsafe having been hit by vehicles and cracked by metal expansion over the years. The main metal gates and the public footpath gate were in poor condition and in need of renovation. It was time to call in some specialist craftsmen to replace the stone posts and to strip down and repaint the metal gates before re-hanging.
The Key Trust was happy to support the project with a donation of £9788. The work was done by local contractors Knights Building & Restoration Ltd using stone quarried from Derbyshire and was finished in time for the Barton Teddy Bear Festival in September. The Bishop of Stafford, Matthew Parker, came along in all his finery and officially dedicated the posts and gates after the Sunday service, even bringing his own teddy to join in the fun. The lovely new gateway to the church grounds definitely adds to the attractive area around the church in the village centre.