PADIHAM: Church is left £40,000 in wills

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A PADIHAM church has been remembered in the wills of two people with a legacy of £40,000.

The generous donations will go towards footing the bill for much-needed improvement works and repairs at St Leonard’s CE Church. Mrs Betty Fisher, of St Annes on the Fylde Coast, left the church £35,000 in her estate in June last year. And just a couple of months later £5,000 was donated to the church in the will of Mrs Barbara Robinson, a well-known member of the congregation.

The Rev. Mark Jones said that the church committee was both “surprised and delighted’’ to hear of the benevolent legacies and members had wanted to give careful thought and consideration as to how the money should be spent.

He said: “We felt that these gifts should not be used to pay for the day to day running of the church, we wanted to consider specific improvements that the money should be spent on.’’

All of Mrs Robinson’s legacy will be put towards buying new speakers for the church’s public address system. The much-needed speakers will mean that people sitting in the gallery will be able to hear a lot better and the system will be controlled from the back of the church rather than its current position in the vestry which is seen as being “impracticable’.’

This will cost £6,500. Around £12,000 will be used from Mrs Fisher’s donation to buy new radiators and organ speakers and £1,000 of this will be put towards repair work to several monuments in the graveyard. It will cost £7,000 to replace seven inefficient radiators with modern models. The cost to replace the organ speakers is £5,000.

The remainder of the money will be invested and put into church reserves for future projects.