The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Templecombe was first built on the site as a daughter-house to Shaftesbury Abbey which was founded in 888AD. The Church was damaged by bombing in the Second World War and restored and re-dedicated in 1962. The building is of special historical, architectural and local interest and is listed Grade II*.
A routine report on the Church highlighted the need for planned maintenance to a number of roof slopes on the building, necessitated by long term water ingress which has resulted in failure of roof coverings, causing decay to the roof structures and ceilings below.
During the summer of 2015 an open meeting was held in the Parish. A presentation was given by the Architect detailing the works required to ensure the continued survival of the historic fabric of the Church for future generations and continued usability of the Church as a community asset.
As a result of this meeting a fundraising committee was formed. Initially it was estimated that the likely works would be in the region of £230,000 so the hard work to fundraise began. Many events have been held including concerts, talks, lunches, book sales, beetle drives, Quiz evenings, wedding dress/Christmas tree festivals, cream teas and a dog show at the Village Fete to name but a few.
Various quotations were obtained and the cost to complete all the works, including fees amounted to £155,730. Grants have been sourced as follows:-
Viridor £79,039, Somerset Churches Trust £5,000, All Churches Trust £3,300 and Garfield Weston £5,000. This has enabled the works to go ahead and work started on the 8th January 2018 with an anticipated completion date of the 15th June 2018.