Church members’ joy of cash for new roof
PUB regulars raised the roof after holding a charity night and making £1,500.
Locals at the Sun Inn, South Hiendley managed to make the cash in just one evening and are donating it to St Peter’s Church, in Felkirk, to fund a new roof.
Around 50 people turned up to the pub on Main Street, on August 18, and paid to sing karaoke, took part in a Dutch auction, and also entered into a raffle – which made over £600 alone.
Emma Gundall, regular at the pub and who helped organise the event said she was really grateful to everyone who came and made the night a success.
They wanted to get the cash together before their vicar, Robert Bailey retires in February.
She said: “It was such a good night and we made so much more money than we ever though possible.”
The cash will help restore the church to its former glory.
Work started on the roof last Wednesday and is expected to be completed by December.
The church has stood in the village for 900 years and has been undergoing reconstruction over the past two years.
Cash has also been received from by the Waste Recycling Environmental Heritage Fund, which helps to protect Grade I and II listed buildings and structures of historical importance across the UK. Their donation of £20,000 earlier last year and will go towards the mammoth task of replacing the roof at a cost of around £200,000.
Other repairs are also being done inside the church - which will cost around £50,000.
Church member John Dean, who voluntarily looks after the building and grounds on Church Road, said he was delighted to receive the money.
He said: “We appreciate not everyone wants to come to church but it just goes to show the community spirit in the area and that everyone was willing to support their church.”
The rest of the cash was made through other fundraisers and grants.
He said: “It has been a long hard slog during the past 18 months and I have had many sleepless nights over the church, but it is finally on its way to becoming restored.
“Each generation has looked after it and now it’s our turn.”
Mr Dean said the regeneration will put another 100 years onto the life of the church.
He thanked the community for their support.
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