£70,000 target for church roof repair in Hyndburn

Blackburn Citizen: £70,000 target for church roof repair in Hyndburn £70,000 target for church roof repair in Hyndburn

A FUNDRAISING initiative has been launched to help raise £70,000 for repairs to the roof at one of Hyndburn’s oldest churches.

Over the next twelve months, the Reverend Colin Penfold, the congregation and the community will work together to raise funds for the historic Nave roof at St Bartholomew’s Church in Church Lane, Great Harwood.

Rev Penfold said urgent action is needed, he said: “I have been advised that the church roof is coming to the end of its life.

“We have lost a couple of the slates and we have to take steps to get it fixed so that we can prevent any further damage, so we decided to raise money immediately.”

At St Bartholomew’s, the building dates back more than 500 years The Nave roof is a rare piece of late medieval carpentry, a complex and carved wooden structure decorated with carvings of figures, plants and faces.

Rev Penfold said that along with everybody else, he will be trying his best to gain funding from charities and national support groups. He said: “I have applied for a few grants and the National Lottery Heritage Fund may be able to help out.”

The first official fundraiser is a Thornton’s chocolate party at St Bartholomew’s Primary School, on Wednesday, March 19 at 7.30pm.

Throughout the year, Rev Penfold said that there will be ‘something for everyone’ at the events. He said: “St Bartholomew’s is a historic church.”

To donate to the roof appeal visit the site mydonate.bt.com/charities/stbartholomewstjohnparishchurch

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5:52pm Tue 4 Mar 14

moxhie says...

If the parishioners want the roof of their church repaired they should pay for it themselves and not expect outside agencies to pay part of the cost .

The Church of England has enough money so it should pay the lot .
If the parishioners want the roof of their church repaired they should pay for it themselves and not expect outside agencies to pay part of the cost . The Church of England has enough money so it should pay the lot . moxhie
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7:04pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Legal Beagle says...

"If the parishioners want the roof of their church repaired they should pay for it themselves and not expect outside agencies to pay part of the cost."

Buildings like this are an important part of both the local landscape and the national heritage. They belong not just to the Church but to the whole community. It's therefore entirely appropriate for funding from `outside agencies' to be employed in their maintenance.
"If the parishioners want the roof of their church repaired they should pay for it themselves and not expect outside agencies to pay part of the cost." Buildings like this are an important part of both the local landscape and the national heritage. They belong not just to the Church but to the whole community. It's therefore entirely appropriate for funding from `outside agencies' to be employed in their maintenance. Legal Beagle
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5:39pm Thu 6 Mar 14

moxhie says...

Legal Beagle wrote:
"If the parishioners want the roof of their church repaired they should pay for it themselves and not expect outside agencies to pay part of the cost."

Buildings like this are an important part of both the local landscape and the national heritage. They belong not just to the Church but to the whole community. It's therefore entirely appropriate for funding from `outside agencies' to be employed in their maintenance.
The church does not belong to the whole community any more than my local Baptist church or local Pentecostal church or local Catholic church or local mosque belongs to the local community .

The church belongs to the people who use it , and that includes neither myself nor most of the local communty .

Those who use it should fund it and not expect hand-outs from outsiders who have never entered the building .
[quote][p][bold]Legal Beagle[/bold] wrote: "If the parishioners want the roof of their church repaired they should pay for it themselves and not expect outside agencies to pay part of the cost." Buildings like this are an important part of both the local landscape and the national heritage. They belong not just to the Church but to the whole community. It's therefore entirely appropriate for funding from `outside agencies' to be employed in their maintenance.[/p][/quote]The church does not belong to the whole community any more than my local Baptist church or local Pentecostal church or local Catholic church or local mosque belongs to the local community . The church belongs to the people who use it , and that includes neither myself nor most of the local communty . Those who use it should fund it and not expect hand-outs from outsiders who have never entered the building . moxhie
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9:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

maxcollie says...

Get the roof repaired and it will be sold for a mosque
Get the roof repaired and it will be sold for a mosque maxcollie
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4:49am Tue 18 Mar 14

Snuffy Arroder says...

Maybe GOD (if there is one) Made it so that he could see what's going on.Maaking sure the Choirboys are safe
Maybe GOD (if there is one) Made it so that he could see what's going on.Maaking sure the Choirboys are safe Snuffy Arroder
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