Can you help us to restore the spire at St John's church in Bromsgrove?

The tallest spire in Worcestershire needs urgent work to replace and restore the top section which is cracking due to the rusting of the metal stabilising rod

Save our Spire Appeal Project is made possible with The National Lottery Heritage Fund

We need your help to rebuild the top 2.25 metre section of the spire at the Grade I listed St John’s church in Bromsgrove. It's the tallest spire in Worcestershire!

In 2017, cracks appeared in the stonework at the top - they have been caused by the rusting and expansion of the iron rod that runs through it. It's been there since the 1850's when the Victorian's carried out repairs to the building, and now it's our turn to update it (although it will look the same from the outside when it's done!)

If you look up at the spire you'll see the emergency repairs at the very top almost 200ft up - 8 steel bars hold the cracking section together to ensure they are secure and safe, but the full repairs are really urgent.

Not only is the safety of the structure an issue, but the church bells can only be rung for 15 minutes at a time and can not be rung at all in high winds.

Running alongside the building work, Friends will be organising a number of events and activities focused on Heritage Engagement and Enhanced Learning. We will be reaching out to the community with ways to learn about the history of the church and its people and to offer a chance to understand the heritage craft skills used at the building.

Our “Side by Side” days with the stonemason, will be open to all - come along and enjoy time working alongside a skilled professional to learn more about the heritage crafts which built our ancient building and gain hands on experience to help our Spire Appeal project.

We are also working on new visual and digital interpretation panels both in the building and in the churchyard. And we plan to re-build the top part of the spire which has to be taken down, in the churchyard, as a point of heritage interest and learning, and also to prevent waste and unnecessary use of energy if it had to be disposed of otherwise.

At the beginning of 2024 the Friends were thrilled to received a National Lottery Heritage Fund award of £249,975 towards the whole project (view the Save our Spire at St Johns Appeal Background). We need a total of £360,000 plus VAT to complete the project, which needs to take place in 2024. Read all about it in The Bromsgrove Standard.

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Can you help St John’s Spire Appeal by pledging to raise at least £100 through an activity of your choice? Pledge as an individual or join with others in a group.

Here’s some ideas:

  • Cake or Jam Sales – make yummy treats and sell them to your friends and family
  • Book Club – make a donation each time you meet
  • Quiz Night – organise a quiz night with friends
  • Table Top Sales – ask about using the church or church hall
  • Garage Sales – open your garage up with your pre-loved items
  • Host a coffee morning – invite friends and neighbours to a sociable morning and run a raffle or sell crafts or bakes
  • Pre-loved clothing sale – turn out your wardrobe, sell from your home or on ebay and donate the proceeds to the Appeal
  • Sponsored walk or cycle
  • Give up a coffee a week – give the price of a coffee to your 100 Club fund each week instead of one of your weekly coffees
  • Games or cards club – join with friends for a game on cards or a board game – everyone pays an entry fee to play.
    The options are endless! Your support is vital!

Please email to let the team know that you’ve started a 100 Club and register your pledge.
Thank you for your support!