A LLANGOLLEN church is appealing for help for much needed repairs to its famous spire.

Llangollen Methodist Church has launched an appeal to raise at least half the cost of repairs due to the need for ‘urgent action’.

The Grade 2 Listed building in Princess Street, opened in 1904 and is a major aspect in the iconic river views of the town.

But an expert inspection has revealed multiple repairs will be necessary at the cost of up to £20,000.

The church has launched a new Spire Project appeal to help in covering the bill.

A spokesman said on the fundraising page: “The church has a Grade 2 listed building in a Conservation area and is a major aspect in the iconic views of Llangollen. The preservation of this building for both the congregation and the wider community is an important responsibility.

“These repairs are to include the replacement of the lightning protection system as the current system has been discovered to be inadequate, the restoration and renovation of stonework and mortar on the spire and the inspection and renovation of metalwork in the spire and weather vane.

“The majority of the work required has already been inspected and assessed by Rafferty's, a firm of Steeplejacks. The report they delivered recommends urgent action.

“The project will cost £20,000 but as we will be contributing towards it as a congregation as well as applying for grants, we've set the fundraising page as half this amount.

“Any additional funds raised will go towards the ongoing costs of keeping the main church building and the memorial hall functional for congregation and community use.

“In particular we know that approximately £5,000 worth of electrical works are also required shortly.”

More information and to donate can be found online at https://www.llangollenmethodist.org.uk/llangollenmethodistchurchspireproject.htm