Prayers answered for church roof repairs
4:11pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
ROOF repairs at a historic Bury church are set to be completed thanks to the award of a £195,000 grant.
The money has been given to St Thomas’ Church in Rochdale Road under the Repair Grants for Places of Worship.
The church is required to raise up to an additional £45,000 to cover the full cost of the latest phase of roof repairs, but officials are confident this can be achieved.
The latest grant will fund work involving roof repairs to the north side of the building. Separate grants secured earlier from English Heritage and the National Churches Trust have already been used to carry out major roof repairs and renovation.
Church warden Angela Ikin said: “The major work at St Thomas’ is for the roof repairs and the eradication of dry rot. Once the latest work is carried out, this will be the completion of the roof repairs. Then, we will start to look at the internal structure of the church. This may involve the removal of the pews to allow the space to be used for community events.”
Commenting on the grant of £195,000, she added: “This is fantastic news. This means we will have a safe, secure and watertight building which we’ve not had for a long time.”
The forthcoming work on the roof should begin next spring.
St Thomas’ Church has served the community of Pimhole for the past 147 years. It was the gift of Thomas Openshaw, a mill owner and well-known benefactor. The original cost was £8,000 and the church was built on a site given by the Earl of Derby.
In 2012, the church was under threat of closure, but, after a parish audit, it was decided it should remain open to serve the community.
A thanksgiving service will be held at the church on Sunday October 6 at 3pm to celebrate the restoration works.
Pic caption: PRAYERS ANSWERED. The north side of the church where the latest roof repairs will be centred thanks to the grant. (bn201324147).
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