Cost of repairs at Carmarthen's St Peter's Church 'double initial estimate'
THE cost of repairing Carmarthen's St Peter's Church has now been set at £19,000 — almost double the initial estimate.
The figure includes work to restore the damaged stained glass window and improvements to security around the building.
Reverend Leigh Richardson said thanks to the support of people and businesses in and around the town, a significant sum had already been raised — but he urged people to continue to get behind fundraisers in a bid to generate the necessary funds.
He said: "Initially we estimated the cost of the window repair to be around £10,000 but it's a lot more than first thought.
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"Coupled to the costs of improving the security on all the windows with steel bars we are looking at £19,000."
Reverend Richardson said that two-thirds of the window will be taken out and away for the restoration work.
He said: "It is a big job and specialists will have to work on it.
"Overall, everything will take months to put right here at the church."
Carmarthen was rocked by the vandalism during the summer, which saw gravestones destroyed and then used to smash the north window, a feature of the church since the mid-1800s.
More than £6,000 has been raised towards the fundraising appeal, but Reverend Richardson was eager for public support to continue.
He added: "The generosity has been fantastic and we are still getting cheques from people, very often of £100.
"It's heartening to see that the attack is still at the forefront of people's minds and that they want to do all they can to help raise money for the appeal."
One of the latest donations came from Johnstown-based firm City Electrical Factors Ltd, who fixed a new floodlight at the church, which had also been smashed, free of charge.
Looking ahead to further fundraising, Reverend Richardson said: "I would ask people to support upcoming fundraising events that we are organising."
Police are still appealing for any information over the attack which occurred on August 14 at around 9pm.
Inspector Steve Lee described the attack as "sickening" last month.
The next fundraising evening at St Peter's Church will be on Saturday, November 24, with a performance from Pembrokeshire-based choir Cantabily at 7pm.