Archbishop Sentamu backs villagers' fundraising campaign for church roof

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.
Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.

A North Yorkshire village church's battle to raise enough money to repairs it leaky roof was boosted by the Archbishop of York.

Dr John Sentamu urged parishioners at Saint Michael's in Markington near Ripon to get behind the fundraising to during a visit on Sunday to mark its historic links to anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.

Taking part with the Rev Paul Harford at Celebration Communion Service at the tiny but lovely villages church as part of William Wilberforce Day, Dr Sentamu joked it was time to end the leaks.

In front of a packed congregation he also made passing reference to the Brexit decision, which he had opposed publicly, saying that the test for Christians was to support people different to themselves.

St Michael the Archangel in Markington was originally commissioned to be built by Willberforce's son.

William Wilberforce Day in Markington saw villagers enjoy a bring-and-share picnic in the grounds of Markington Hall, the historic home of the Wilberforce family.

The hall also hosted a display of rarely-seen artefacts relating to and owned by William Wilberforce.

And Markington primary school presented a display about the life of William Wilberforce throughout the weekend created by its own pupils.