DAVID Borrett wrote a most interesting article about St Michael and All Angels, Knights Enham, in last week’s paper. As a long-standing parishioner and volunteer at St Michael's, his insightful words about our beautiful Grade 1 listed building are much appreciated. 

Despite the many changes over the recent times with the enlargement of Andover and the local church hierarchy, this church remains a place of faith for the dedicated volunteers who maintain the building, grounds and churchyard as best they can for our local community in Enham Alamein and Knights Enham.

Towards the end of his article, David mentioned how the ill effects of the damp atmosphere of recent years have affected the wall texts as well as the other artefacts within the church. There are areas of plaster that need restoring and all the walls need professional limewashing.

The parishioners of St Michael's fundraised for a report on the condition of the interior of the church just before Covid turned our world upside down. 

The closure of the church for nearly 18 months also did little to help the building to breathe.  In consequence, the interior is now looking a little sad. With the agreement of the Church Authority, we are now planning the conservation of the interior but we need to raise at least £30,000. 

We hope our JustGiving page which will go live later this month will see support from those in our local community who are interested in maintaining this historic building for future generations.

With thanks to the editor of the Andover Advertiser for printing this letter.

Glynis Hunt

Enham Militis

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