A congregation is appealing for donations to help maintain the fabric of a Weymouth church for future generations.

Roof repairs set to cost more than £10,000 are underway at Holy Trinity Church as essential work begins to replace tiles, rotten timbers and drain pipes.

The church, which is used as the civic church of Weymouth, is an iconic building overlooking the marina and town bridge, but in recent weeks parishioners have noticed rain coming through the roof.

Canon Andrew Gough, vicar of Holy Trinity, said: “It is essential that we get this work complete before the winter.

“The ongoing work of church maintenance is essential, and while the major part of the roof is sound, we must try our best to keep on top of necessary repairs.

"We are hugely thankful to churchwarden Cyril Ford for the incredible amount of hours he spends dealing with the builders and scaffolders. And a special thanks to White and Sons Builders."

As well as ongoing repairs, the congregation has been told that the large window facing the bridge will also need to be prepared soon for an estimated £50,000.

With finances already stretched and continual maintenance work required, it will not be an easy figure to raise.

Revd Gough said: “Any works to a grade II listed building is very expensive and we are not just allowed to replace materials with modern cheaper products.

“The Diocesan Advisory Committee via the church architect has to approve all the materials before they are used and must be, as far as possible, like for like.”

"If you love this church and would like to see it preserved for the future, whether you are a member or not, but you have a concern in keeping this historic and beautiful building open and in good order as part of the heritage of Weymouth. "

To donate contact the Vicar’s office 01305 760354 or email goughfr@hotmail.com.