New gates make an entrance at Cotswold church

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New gates make an entrance at Cotswold church

One of the North Cotswolds' most scenic churches has a new pair of oak gates, thanks to a grant from Cotswold District Council.

The Council gave £295 towards the £600 cost of the replacement gates and posts at the rear of 12th Century St Peter's Church, Little Rissington.

The gates, on a public footpath, are used by walkers and provide essential access for machinery used to maintain the churchyard.

They were made by local joiner Ian Long and installed next to the existing kissing gate by the volunteer wardens service of the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Chairman of the Parochial Church Council David Hind said: "The old gates were disintegrating and we were required to repair or replace them. The PCC are delighted that Cotswold District Council was able to help us with the cost of replacing them. Also, we are most grateful to the wardens for their assistance.

"The many ramblers and tourists who visit the church will benefit from the new gates, which are beautifully crafted and complement the kissing gate made some years ago by local resident Bill Oakey."

Ward Councillor Tim Royle, who backed the grant application, said: "I'm very pleased we were able to help. The church and its surroundings occupy a special place in our community."

The PCC's current project is to provide more car parking for visitors to the church.

Posted : 07/03/2007 11:00:06

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