HUNDREDS of ten pence pieces have been laid down in a silver snake outside St Florence Church as village schoolchildren show their support for the historic building.

The church is working with the community to raise the £14,000 needed to enable a Heritage Lottery Grant of £115,000 to be accessed so that repairs can be carried out to the leaking tower and save the church from closure.

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The schoolchildren - pictured with the vicar of St Florence, the Rev Alex Grace - update the church's fundraising total display.

PICTURES: Gareth Davies Photography.

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The 10p-collecting efforts of St Florence Church in Wales School's 61 pupils resulted in £190 worth of the coins being lined up on the ground between the church porch and the road on Thursday morning.

The money has helped the fund now approach the £4,000 mark.

Said the vicar, the Rev Alex Grace: "The response from people has been absolutely brilliant. So many people have a connection with the church, both within the village and over a wider area. It is wonderful to see how everyone has rallied around with fundraising."

The idea for St Florence School's fundraising came from the School Council, and a social media appeal for 10 pence pieces saw the coins pouring into a special pot at the front of the school.

"It was lovely to see how many people from the village were popping in with coins," said headteacher Julie Davies. "The church is very much part of our school life - we can see it clearly from school and we hold all our significant assemblies there - so the children were very keen to help the appeal."

The school - which has linked its curriculum work to its fundraising activities - is now looking forward to expanding its numbers in September, from when it will be opening a morning nursery class for three-year-olds.

Forthcoming events being organised by the community for the church including an open day at the biodiversity area of BTB, Haylands Lane, Jameston on August 18; A K9 Capers fun dog show at the village hall on September 2 and a concert in the church with the Griffon Choir on September 25.

Contributions to the cause can be made via the St Florence Church page on JustGiving.