UPDATE - UPDATE - UPDATE
Thanks to the fantastic generosity of people in and around Debenham we have now raised £1410. I am truly humbled and overwhelmed. I can hardly believe that this has been achieved in less than a week!
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us.
The backstory of the appeal:
Observant villagers may have noticed that the flagpole has recently disappeared from the top of the church tower! It was taken down for inspection and maintenance at the end of March, hurriedly re-erected on the 9th April so we could pay our last honours to HRH Prince Philip during the nations period of mourning, then finally taken down again on 18th April.
The flagpole is of aluminium construction with a steel foot-plate + support bracket and is estimated to have been first installed in the 1960s. Six decades of exposure to the elements has taken its toll: Our detailed inspection revealed that in addition to significant corrosion at the base it had almost worn through where it has been in contact with the collar of the bracing support and was sadly beyond economic repair.
Much work has been done by the volunteer flag-flying team (John Feeney-Howells & Keith Levett) to source a suitable replacement. To keep costs down we are reusing the base plate, foot plate and bracing support which are all serviceable; we'll be using volunteers to lower the old pole down the tower and haul up the new one; and a local haulier to save on transport costs. Nevertheless, the cost is going to be £1400.
The village always looks much brighter and welcoming with a flag or pennant flying from the church tower.
The community has now raised the necessary funds through our 'give a little' donation page to help us once again get the flag flying above Debenham.
Thanks for your help.