PARISHIONERS in Burnley have launched a £60,000 appeal to save a landmark church.
The tower at St Cuthbert’s Church is in urgent need of repair, the Lady Chapel roof needs work after thieves ripped off the lead and building inspectors have said other parts of the building must also be repaired.
The church, in Towneley Street, near Burnley General Hospital, is 105 years old, and its massive repair bill comes in the wake of an inspection by the Diocese. Work is expected to take four years.
The appeal was launched by priest-in-charge the Rev. Ian Watts. He said: “I am asking people for their support. During the next four years we need to spend £60,000 to maintain the parish church that serves the community. We need to do some major restoration work, particularly on the tower and roof, and, in these times of financial hardship, would appreciate any contribution people think they could make.”
St Cuthbert’s has always been a popular wedding venue so the church is writing to couples married there to ask if they would like to make a donation. The church is beginning its fund-raising efforts with a gift day, from 10 a.m. until noon, on Saturday, May 21st, and is also organising events.
A concert by the South Pennine Singers, on June 18th, will be followed by a table top sale on June 25th. A family fun run has been organised for September 17th and a children’s clothes and toy sale on October 15th.
Building Appeal Committee member Mrs Mim Mason added: “We have to do these repairs because so many community groups depend on the church. Without the church, there will not be the activities.”
In addition to traditional groups such as the Mothers’ Union and the uniformed youth organisations Beavers, Cubs. Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies, and Guides, and Explorer Scouts, the church also has a weekly luncheon club, table tennis group and a busy operatic and dramatic society.