Save the Church Roof!

The Ancient Grade 1 listed Church of St Leonard’s has stood at the heart of Flamstead village for almost 900 years. It serves not only as a place of worship, but also as a valuable community hub for the village.

In 2018, this very special building was under threat due to damp conditions and urgent roof repairs which unless carried out would have resulted in the building having to be closed to the public. The church also contains rare medieval wall paintings dating from the 13th century which need to be preserved and restored.

In 2018, the proceeds from the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival went towards the Roof Appeal, and along with other fundraising and funding from Heritage Lottery, we were able to save our beautiful 12th century village church from closure. Damp and deathwatch beetle had affected the roof timbers because the windows and walls were not weatherproof but extensive refurbishment throughout 2020 and 2021, the church reopened in December 2021.

This year in 2022 the Flamstead Scarecrow Festival will continue to support Friends of St Leonard’s and the Flamstead Heritage Project’s vision is to protect St Leonard’s Church for future generations to use and enjoy as well as supporting other local causes.

Find out more about Friends of St Leonard’s Church and The Flamstead Heritage Project.on their respective websites.