A deteriorating church roof that is at risk of collapse is set to get a vital £15,000 boost to go towards much-needed repairs.

Concern is growing for roof of St Margaret's Church in Somerton, north of Sudbury, where water is leaking onto pews and residents fear bad weather would cause the plaster ceiling to fall through. 

The roof of the Grade I listed building has become so badly damaged that carrying out work on individual tiles is now unsafe due to the risk of landslides and serious injury.

East Anglian Daily Times: St Margaret's Church, SomertonSt Margaret's Church, Somerton (Image: Paul Woods)

But it has now been revealed that the church will receive a share of a £473,750 urgent funding pay-out from the National Churches Trust. 

St Margaret's Church will be given a £10,000 Wolfson Fabric Repair Grant from the Wolfson Foundation and £5,000 from the Headley Trust for roof repairs, securing the church's future. 

Paul Woods, one of the two churchwardens at St Margarets, said: "The church received grant money, some eight years ago, which was used to upgrade the electrical wiring and install a new heating system.

East Anglian Daily Times: Part of the damaged roofPart of the damaged roof (Image: Paul Woods)

"The Vestry, too, was refurbished and has now become the central meeting room in the parish. The church has also developed into a successful venue for concerts which in turn help fund the upkeep of the church.

"A new roof is the last element necessary to ensure a positive future for St Margaret's place in the Somerton community."

Claire Walker, chief executive of the National Churches Trust, said: "This will safeguard the unique heritage of this ancient and historic church and keep it open and in use for the benefit of local people.” 

East Anglian Daily Times: The internal ceiling, which residents fear could fall through if nothing is doneThe internal ceiling, which residents fear could fall through if nothing is done (Image: Paul Woods)

“Whether seeking quiet reflection, access to community services or a place to worship, the National Churches Trust helps hundreds of churches each year and with the support of local people, keeps them open and thriving."

The money will go towards the replacement of the nave peg tile roof using new modern weatherproof technology.