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Work underway to restore Leicestershire's Launde Abbey

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Vital renovation work is underway on an historic abbey in Leicestershire, which was saved from closure after campaigners raised a million pounds in just over a year.

In 2009 there were fears the rare church Launde Abbey, a residential retreat owned by the Diocese of Leicester, could close.

The abbey, which dates back nine hundred years, needed at least one million pounds for essential renovations. And thanks to the generosity of many people the retreat was saved.

Now in 2010, the work is half way through.

But will the abbey maintain its character as it modernises and is the buildings future a certain one?

BBC Leicester's Jim Harris takes a look at how the work is progressing on the retreat, which opens in January 2011.

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