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Local history lessons . . . William Rolleston talked to people about the history of St Mary's Esk Valley Church during the church's Heritage Day on October 29. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The historic windows of St Mary’s Church in Esk Valley are to be restored, thanks to a successful fundraising project.

Vicar Rev Indrea Alexander said even before the project was officially launched in late October, pamphlets advertising the restoration scheme had brought in $18,000.

The restoration of the stained-glass windows and the original 130-year-old leadlight windows would include fixing the “buckling and bowing” of some of the windows.

The wire mesh protecting the outside of the windows would be replaced with another layer of plain glass, Mrs Alexander said.

“It’ll let more light in.”

The church was aiming to raise about $30,000 for the project, though full quotes for the work were only now being sought.

Speaking to The Courier last week, Mrs Alexander said the project had raised more than $24,000 so far.

The Waimate Anglican parishes – all under Mrs Alexander’s ministership – were also busy supporting schemes outside of the parish, including holding a fundraising event at the weekend to help establish a centre for children in Fiji escaping the sex industry, she said.

Support for that project had come about after a request for monetary support from the Aotearoa-Pacific Anglican Missions Board, she said.

The Waimate parishes were also preparing for the Community Christmas Dinner, with a request for any people interested in volunteering at the Christmas Day event or donating meat – “especially lamb” – to get in contact, Mrs Alexander said.

Mrs Alexander: (03) 689-7390.