Wells' Bishop's Palace in need of £60,000 for maintenance
By abbie_wells | Monday, October 29, 2012, 13:12
The Bishop's Palace in Wells is in need of £60,000 for repairs, conservation and maintenance.
A Palace Protection Fund has now been launched in order to raise much needed funds for the monumental building.
Wells residents are being asked to back the appeal.
A spokesperson for The Bishop's Palace in Wells, said: "The steps leading up to the corner bastion of the ramparts have been roped off for some months because they need repairing.
"With no spare funds and continued weather erosion they must remain closed to ensure the public's safety. "
Just £8,000 will enable workers to complete repairs to the steps.
The spokesperson added: "We really do need your support, and any gift regardless of size really does help what we can achieve."
The Palace and its surrounding moat cost up to £600,000 a year to maintain so it can remain open to the public.
Over £1,200 has been donated by visitors to the Palace so far but more is needed to maintain the 800-year-old building.
To support the Palace Protection Fund you can visit their Virgin Money giving page, Text BISH12 & £10 to 70070 from your mobile and donate your spare change to collection boxes on sight at the Bishop's Palace.
You can also send donation by post by sending a cheque made payable to The Palace Trust: The Bishop's Palace Annual Appeal, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2PD.
Residents are also being encouraged to set up their own fundraising ventures for the project, including ideas such as a medieval themed cake sale or festive feast party.
To get involved you can contact Joanna Hall, Fundraising Manager, on 01749 988111 ext 204. Please post below if you have any fundraising ideas and want to support the project.