A CHURCH of significant historic interest needs around £140,000 of vital repair work and the community is being asked for fundraising ideas.

All Saints Church, Thirkleby is in need of substantial repairs to the roof and stonework to protect and preserve the building for future generations.

There has been a church at Thirkleby for at least 900-years and the present Grade II listed building was commissioned by Lady Louisa Frankland-Russell of Thirkleby Hall in memory of her late husband Sir Robert.

It was built by the renown ‘rogue’ architect E B Lamb in 1851 and as such is of significant historic interest.

The current church council is keen to do all it can to ensure the building receives the attention it needs and a meeting has been arranged where the public will be given the chance to contribute ideas towards its preservation.

A spokesman said: "We are a very small Parochial Church Council and we feel we need to consult with the community and obtain support to develop a plan to take things forward to the best advantage for all.

"There will be an opportunity to ask questions and let us know your vision for the church."

The meeting is due to take place at Great Thirkleby Parish Hall on March 30 at 7pm although it is advisable to contact 07919-127922 in light of coronavirus closures.