St. George’s church, Barton in Fabis.
A grant of £5,000 was awarded to this Grade 1 listed church in November 2008 as a contribution towards replacing the roof. Barton in Fabis is a small village with a beautiful fourteenth century church which is now in good condition. In February 2008 about one fifth of the lead on the roof of the nave was stolen. The previous year the wooden floor had been replaced as it became rotten and so the church finances were not in a healthy state. As the building itself was damaged by the thieves, there was concern that replacing the lead could lead to further thefts and more damage to the building. Alternatives to lead were investigated and English Heritage allowed the roof to be replaced by stainless steel. This meant stripping off the remaining lead and replacing all the nave roof with stainless steel which was not visible from the road being situated behind the parapet. The cost of £28,000 was beyond the insurance money of £9,000 and even allowing for selling the lead being stripped, there was a large shortfall. The grant from Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust has really helped this small parish. We have had to take out a loan from the diocese and we are fundraising to help to pay the loan back as soon as we can. The parish is really grateful for the support from Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust in our hour of need, especially as they also helped us with a grant towards the earlier floor replacement.