IT may be a cliche but the reality for parishioners at a church near Earlswood is that the roof really does need repairing!
The new Vicar at St. Patrick’s in Salter Street is appealing for help in raising funds to renovate roofs over the nave and chancel after iron nails holding each tile in position were found to have rusted away during a building inspection.
Rev. Iain Robertson said: “During some planned work taking place on the Sliding up and down poles.....church, we found to our horror that large areas of the roof tiles both over the nave and the chancel are in danger of sliding to the ground.
“The roof itself is well over 100 years old and the iron nails used to hold each tile in position have rusted away and the wooden laths that the tiles were nailed to are rotten. We have decided as a church to completely renovate both roofs. This work will mean that the both roofs will be safe and in good order for decades to come. The work is going to cost at least an extra £25,000 on top of the £60,000 off work we had already begun.”
With a regular congregation of around 80, Rev. Robertson is desperate for churchgoers past and present, local residents, and the children and families of St Patrick’s school to dig deep.
A number of concerts will be staged in the New Year to boost the coffers but Rev. Robertson is keen to hear from anyone who may have additional fundraising ideas to contact him on 0121 733 6658.