Roofs at Risk: National Maintenance Week

27 Nov 2023

National Maintenance Week took place from the 17th to the 24th November and is a gentle reminder to anyone who cares for a property to identify minor problems and potential flash points that might need attention before winter sets in.  

The annual campaign is organised by the UK’s oldest conservation body, SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings), but the advice is appropriate to all sorts of buildings, regardless of age or purpose.

In the SPAB’s seminal Manifesto, their founder William Morris spoke of the need to “stave off decay by daily care, to prop a perilous wall or mend a leaky roof.” A message just as vital now as it was in Morris’s time. Which is why this year we are proud to focus our Fundraising efforts on our Annual Appeal, Roofs at Risk

Roofs at Risk echoes the importance of regular maintenance of churches exposed historic roofs that are much more than just a protecting barrier from the elements. You can read more about our current Annual Appeal and why it is vital we raise funds to support this work here.

During a recent visits to our St Nicholas' Church in Berwick Bassett, our Conservation Officer, James, overhauled the cast iron gutters to ensure the rainwater is kept out of this modest and secluded church.