scribbles & wanderlust
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

--"Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold

St Michael and All Angels Parish Church in Haworth, West Yorkshire, had raised the £65,000 needed to secure £100,000 in funding from English Heritage.

But rising costs of building work now means it requires up to £50,000 more.

John Huxley, secretary at Haworth church, said: “We were overjoyed to learn we had reached the total, then knocked sideways by finding out building costs had gone up by so much.

"The reaction from the public to help raise funds has been absolutely phenomenal."

The church said a meeting would be held on Tuesday to discuss further fundraising options.

Regarding yesterday’s post about housing developments threatening Brontë tourism in Haworth, and Haworth’s restoration fundraiser.

You can do your part, literary friends, to help raise money for Haworth before January 20th! Purchase a funny calendar produced by the locals, or give money to the Haworth Church Restoration Fund. Every little bit counts!

From The Guardian:

St Michael’s roof is leaking badly in several places and the plasterwork and rare wall paintings above the altar are disintegrating. Unsightly plastic sheeting covers the beams over the organ console at the entrance to the corner of the church which is now designated the Brontë Chapel.

Of equal importance to many in Haworth this new year is the parallel struggle to deter developers from building further housing estates across the hills once crossed by the literary sisters and their potent cast of characters.

"There is an assault on the Brontë landscape going on," said Huxley. "It is not deliberate, but the reason so many people come here is to see the streets and the hills and moor that the sisters wrote about. Some of these views should be sacrosanct."

If you’re from England, if you’re near Haworth, if you’re a Brontë fan, if you’re a literary pilgrim - help repair the buildings and prevent housing development!