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Church faces heavy repair bill

PUBLISHED: 16:25 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:18 11 August 2010

A CHURCH with a popular community hall is facing a massive repair bill after being plagued by vandals, intruders, and suffering a leaking roof. Vandals have added to the repair bill for the roof at Beacontree Methodist Church, which has already suffered

A CHURCH with a popular community hall is facing a massive repair bill after being plagued by vandals, intruders, and suffering a leaking roof.

Vandals have added to the repair bill for the roof at Beacontree Methodist Church, which has already suffered from natural wear and tear.

Last week the POST reported that they had spray-painted graffiti on to the dome and front of the building.

Pastoral leader, Pat Brown said: "The church has got a very high roof and the top is lit by a glass window.

"Somehow they managed to get up there and covered the glass dome with paint.

"There has been a hole there for well over a year which has got worse.

"We have been instructed to repair the roof for health and safety reasons because when there is heavy rain, it leaks."

The church has also suffered from break-ins.

In January last year, intruders stripped lead off the roof to sell on the black market.

It was replaced with felt to deter further thefts.

The building also had nine break-ins in a year some years ago.

Mrs Brown said: "There's nothing of any value inside so I don't see why anyone would break in there."

Now the church is facing a massive repair bill.

Property steward, Terry Mirams said that eight to 10 fanlights were leaking because the roof lead was stolen, and that an inspection report last year estimated that between £30,000-£50,000 was needed to repair the damage.

Mrs Brown stressed that the church played an important part in community life, and pleaded for support for their fundraising events.

"We have a big community hall used by playgroups, and there's a dancing class and scouts" said Mrs Brown.

"We don't expect people to come to church, I just would like to encourage them to engage in activities or fundraising."

To help raise funds, a table sale will be held on Saturday, June 14, between 11am and 2pm.

Afternoon tea and a jumble sale are planned for Saturday, July 25, between 10am and 3pm.

The graffiti has now been removed by the council.


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