Church needs to raise £40,000 to make its crumbling roof safe so parishioners can use it again

Lynne Johnson with fundraiser Michael Fraser and Reverend Tracey Milne

Lynne Johnson with fundraiser Michael Fraser and Reverend Tracey Milne

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Parishoners at a church forced to lock its doors because of its crumbling ceiling need to raise £40,000 to open up again.

For the past 16 months the 130-year-old St John's Church in Greengates has been a no-go area for fear of worshippers being struck by plasterwork.

Weddings, baptisms and funerals have gone elsewhere and weekly services have moved into the pre-fab church hall next door until the health and safety ban can be lifted, said church warden Lynne Johnson.

“Falling plaster has been an on going-problem made worse by all the bad weather we'd had in the last couple of years andwe kept getting it fixed but then the insurers turned round and said we had to get the whole ceiling fixed up and until then it was a health and safety risk – we had no choice but to close the doors.”

Mrs Johnson said while the church hall is cosy for services it is not the same as worshipping in a church.

She said: “People want the grandeur for weddings, the stone font for baptisms and the older people want to have a funeral where they've been a parishoner, and we just can't offer that as it is – not until we've raised all the money.”

Tabletop sales, coffee mornings and ladies nights have raised £5,000 with donations from businesses including Sainsburys, Asda and staff at Natwest who had a charity day and made £1,000 for the cause.

“We are getting good community support but we need more. There's lots more to raise. We want the church to be open again. It's sad really but that's the situation we are in,” said Mrs Johnson Mrs Johnson will be looking into finding grants this year to help get the work done but she said it was not straightforward.

“There are grants for community buildings but when it's a church it's not so easy because it's a space for worship,” she said.

Anyone who would like to donate towards the ceiling repairs and some roofwork can contact Mrs Johnson at the parish office on (01274) 620968.

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12:41pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Mrs Johnson said while the church hall is cosy for services it is not the same as worshipping in a church.

You've got somewhere to worship your imaginary sky fairy, why the need to waste £40k which could help the exact local community you refer to?
Mrs Johnson said while the church hall is cosy for services it is not the same as worshipping in a church. You've got somewhere to worship your imaginary sky fairy, why the need to waste £40k which could help the exact local community you refer to? Prisoner Cell Block A
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2:34pm Mon 27 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

Get a second opinion, failing that put some fine mesh netting up to catch any debris, until you can raise the funds. £40k get at least 4 more quotes.
Get a second opinion, failing that put some fine mesh netting up to catch any debris, until you can raise the funds. £40k get at least 4 more quotes. alive and awake
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7:50pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Mik_e says...

Both the Cof E and Roman Catholic churches are amongst the wealthiest organisations, owning vast property portfolios and untold wealth and yet always cry the poor tale. Let them dip into their own coffers.
Both the Cof E and Roman Catholic churches are amongst the wealthiest organisations, owning vast property portfolios and untold wealth and yet always cry the poor tale. Let them dip into their own coffers. Mik_e
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8:57pm Mon 27 Jan 14

collos25 says...

40k so they can read fairy stories together well worth the money.
40k so they can read fairy stories together well worth the money. collos25
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5:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

RaggaMuffings says...

It's time for the church to put their hands in their deep pockets & pay. Enough said just Get it repaired...
"Better to give than receive"
It's time for the church to put their hands in their deep pockets & pay. Enough said just Get it repaired... "Better to give than receive" RaggaMuffings
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