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£25,000 fundraising campaign is under way for Pendle church
8:00pm Wednesday 17th October 2012 in News
A CHURCH in Pendle is trying to raise £25,000 to pay for urgent repair work to its hall.
St Luke’s Church Hall in Brierfield is suffering from dry rot in the hall floor, a leak in the kitchen and needs a new central heating system and upgrades to the toilets.
Members of the St James Street church, which is also used for community groups, social events, drama groups, children’s groups and lunchtime gath- erings, fear that if the money cannot be raised, the future of the hall may be in doubt.
The treatment for dry rot and subsequent new flooring in the hall is estimated to cost £10,000.
It is believed that the rot has been caused by water coming in through a wall which had a section of lead flashing stolen.
Church warden Mike Turner said the church was holding a series of fundraising event to try to stump up the cash.
He said: “On top of the floor, we have problems with a flat roof over the top of the kitchen where we can’t seem to stop the rain coming in. “The boiler is on its last legs and we need to upgrade facilities like the toilets for disabled people.
“It was only when somebody went up on the roof that we found the flashing had been stolen. The water has been running down a cavity between the toilet block and hall block, the damp has got under the floor and it has rotted away underneath.
“It’s got past patching up and needs replacing now. We will treat the dry rot, concrete it to a smooth finish and then cover it with something you more likely see in a hospital or school, a springy vinyl layer.
“The hall is used almost daily by members of the community, social groups and the church.
“The worst-case scenario is we have to get rid of the hall which we don’t want to do. “It’s a reasonable building other than the work which needs doing.”
The church is holding a gift day tomorrow when the public can visit the hall between 10am and 6pm, share tea and cakes and give donations.
On Saturday, October 27, there will be a bric-a-brac sale from 9am until 1pm at the hall. Donations are also being collected at a Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6pm at the church tomorrow, or can be given to Helliwell’s Funeral Service on Burnley Road Brierfield.
For more information on donating, contact church wardens Mike Turner on 690747 or Christine Shore on 692238.
To book a table at the bric-a-brac sale, call 618341. Tables are £5 and refreshments will be served.