Gretton Tower Trust was established in the late summer of 2015 in order to preserve and maintain this important and iconic historic structure and to keep it in the public domain for full public access and wider community benefit.
Currently owned by Winchcombe Parochial Church Council, along with other church buildings in the parish, the Tower has long ago slipped to the back of a long queue for limited funding in order to maintain it.
Up until recently the building has robustly withstood the effects of time and weather for decades with just the neighbouring properties informally looking after the grounds that form adjoining boundaries.
Over the past two years the Cotswold stone slate roof tiles have begun to come loose and fallen off the roof at an increasing rate such that the roof timbers are now exposed, raising the very real threat of the roof collapsing altogether unless repair work is urgently undertaken.
Gretton Tower Trust, now a registered charity, aims to purchase the building from Winchcombe PCC and seek funds from grants and the public in order to rescue and maintain the building for current and future generations to enjoy.
It has been estimated that initial start up funding is required in the region of £5000 in order to finance the legal costs of transferring ownership and preparing an initial survey and schedule of works required.
It has been further estimated that those remedial works will be in the region of £50000.
The Trust recently held a benefit concert and Quiz Night in Gretton Village Hall,
and impressive sum of nearly £1000 has been raised over the two events and a good time had by all.
Thank you to all who attended and numerous helpers.
A further benefit concert has been planned for 6th October 2018
- an evening of Celtic music provided by top local band SLAINTE.
The Trust is currently made up of over 12 local residents, but more recruits are always welcome if only as casual interested persons or someone who has an input of fresh ideas on conservation and funding.
Voluntary financial contributions will obviously be most welcome.
Please use our contact form to see our bank details for contributions and details of our MyDonate page ( also click the link button below. )
A key part of our fundraising campaign is to invite you to "Sponsor A Tile".
For just £25 you can sponsor a tile for yourself or someone close and actively participate in preserving some medieval history.
Sponsors names will be recorded for posterity on a Roll Of Honour to be sealed in a time capsule and embedded into the eaves of the Tower during conservation works.
Please click on the links below for further details of the Sponsor A Tile campaign - and thank you in advance !