Summer re-opening of the Clifton Campville Church Tower on 10 May

Friday, 19th April 2019

St Andrew’s Church is one of the tallest parish churches in England and many residents in and around Clifton Campville will be aware of the refurbishment work that has been going on.

The church tower had water leaking into the tower above the bells and it was found that large amounts of copper from the roof had been stolen.

The wider community came together and raised £27,000 for the restoration, as well as updating the staircase to the top of the tower with new handrails and lighting.

This means the church is fully up to health and safety standards and so hopes to restart public tours, as well as showing off the fantastic views from the top of the tower.

The official re-opening of the tower will be on Friday 10 May from 2-3pm, where local Tamworth MP, Christopher Pincher, will be cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Local school children will be competing in a ‘teddy bear parachute’ drop from the top of the tower, to see who has the best parachute design.

Christopher Pincher MP with a teddy to be parachuted from the top of the tower.

Christopher Pincher MP with a teddy to be parachuted from the top of the tower.

Commenting Christopher Pincher MP said: “I am very happy to see the St Andrew’s save the church after a period of dilapidation and for the public re-opening to include a competition for the school pupils.

“I recently held an open surgery in Clifton Campville with around 15-20 residents attending. A number of people raised the issue of speeding through the village, I have contacted the County Council to determine what we can do to implement a speed reduction scheme. HGVs on narrow roads are also an issue, with residents highlighting other villages that have the same problem. I swung by Harlaston on my way home to check the damaged bridge there on the road that goes on to Edingale and have flagged this up with the County Council.

“Brexit was of course on the agenda too and as a rural area naturally some are concerned about rural payment delays and how the future for farming will be shaped by Brexit. I think we have a golden opportunity to support our farming industry and this is the message I will take back down to Westminster with me.

“I am very much looking forward to the May 10th re-opening of the St Andrew’s Church tower and I hope that many of you can also come and support. Fingers crossed it will be a beautiful warm May day, however this being England in spring I make no promises!”