A CHURCH dating back to the 12th century may be forced to close if urgent repairs are not carried out.

But efforts to save St Mary Magdalene Church, in Medomsley, have been given a significant boost with a generous donation.

Members of Medomsley Parochial Church Council has said it is ‘sincerely grateful’ for the financial donation given to them by Medomsley Community Action Group

Following a recent inspection and report by a church architect, the council is raising money to pay for essential improvement work needed to the roof and internal wooden flooring.

Reverend John Fisher said: “The cheque for £555 is an amazing boost to our fundraising efforts and we are very thankful for their support.

“There is no Community Centre in the village and the church, which stands in the centre of the village, is used for various community events.

“If these repairs are not carried out there is a danger of the church having to close as it would be unsafe.”

“All financial donations to the church repair fund are appreciated and will help us in our aim of preserving this ancient and beautiful Grade I listed building for future generations to enjoy.”

“A Christmas concert they organised, in partnership with Consett Brass, was a huge success and well supported by the community; helping to raise much-needed funds for the church roof.