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raised of £100,000 target by 88 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,075 to help rebuild St John the Baptist Church in High Toynton

    Funded on Thursday, 22nd December 2022

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    On Sunday 19th January, 2020 the tower of St John the Baptist church in High Toynton collapsed, taking down almost 150 years of history. Thankfully no one was hurt. The rest of the building is still standing - but the challenge of rebuilding starts now and the village will need all the help it can get!

    We now know that the village needs to raise at least £30,000 to pay for just the immediate structural repairs to the building.

    The final figure for restoration will no doubt be very high - but the village plans to rebuild St John the Baptist as a community space as well as a church.

    All money raised here will go to the High Toynton Village Fund. If you are a UK taxpayer and are eligible for gift aid, please email for more details.

    Cheques can be made payable to High Toynton PCC, to Gravelpit Cottages, Church Lane, High Toynton, LN9 6NN.

    The church is the heart of village life (and the only community building left after the bus stop!). It hosts church services and music nights throughout the year. If you have any connection to High Toynton - we need your help!

    There is so much history behind this wonderful building. There has been a church on this site since the 13th century and High Toynton is one of only 14 villages in the UK to be 'doubly thankful' - with everyone who fought in both World Wars returning home.

    This fundraising target will be regularly updated once the full costs of rebuilding are known - but any money you can give will help.

    Thank you!

    (To read more about the church, click here).



    • Robert Tomkinson4 years ago
      Robert Tomkinson

      Robert Tomkinson

      4 years ago

      Thanks for all of the donations! We've raised over £2.5k on here now, and more than £10k in total from other sources. If you're a UK taxpayer we may be able to help you claim gift aid so that the village gets an extra 20% from the Government. If this applies to you, please email for more details. Thank you again! (The church was featured by BBC Look North again this week - click here to watch 5 mins in

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    • Robert Tomkinson5 years ago
      Robert Tomkinson

      Robert Tomkinson

      5 years ago

      Thank you to everyone for your donations and support so far - we have now raised almost £1700 in less than four days! This will help the village hugely as the work to assess the damage and plan for rebuilding begins in earnest. Below is a link to aerial drone footage of the site, as featured on BBC Look North yesterday evening. (Footage c/o Kurnia Aerial Photography). A big thank you to everyone. We will keep you updated with progress in the days and weeks to come.

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    • Robert Tomkinson5 years ago
      Robert Tomkinson

      Robert Tomkinson

      5 years ago

      Thank you to everyone who has donated over the past 24 hours! Such an amazing response and so many personal stories about the church and the village. We have now raised over £850 for the High Toynton Village Fund - this money will go a long way, and hopefully we can keep raising more in the coming days. Thank you for your generosity.

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    Page last updated on: 1/19/2021 10.25



    • Robert Holland

      Robert Holland

      Jan 19, 2021


    • D Toynton

      D Toynton

      Jan 2, 2021

      All the best with the fund for 2021. Yours in Him.


    • Richard Slaughter

      Richard Slaughter

      Nov 15, 2020

      Hope you reach your target, churches so important to small villages, often their only community facility and for a sense of continuity, refuge a visual focus, a venue for all kinds of activities.

    • Anonymous


      Sep 10, 2020

    • Peter Bretan

      Peter Bretan

      May 28, 2020


    • Anonymous


      Apr 29, 2020


    • Craven transport

      Craven transport

      Mar 11, 2020


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    I am a member of the High Toynton village community and would love to see this church restored.

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