For four years I was the Vicar of the Parish of All Saints, Cressing which has the most beautiful medieval church circa 11th/12th century. Like most churches of that age it seemed to need constant restoration and local fund-raising was assisted by the generous support of English Heritage and the helpful advice given by their historic specialists.
In this month’s edition of the Chelmsford Diocesan Newspaper “The Month” there is a short article entitled “VAT CLAW-BACK PLEA”. It relates that at the end of March 2011 historic churches will lose the right to claim back VAT on repairs and maintenance. Pressure needs to be put on election candidates to ensure that this valuable and vital concession is renewed by the next Government otherwise it could put in jeopardy some of the most important historic churches.
More information, and a draft letter to send to prospective parliamentary candidates and/or MP’s is available to download at: www.savetherefund.info