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Building a lot of support for tower repair

Church warden Eric Alston at St Michael's Parish Church, Mytholmroyd.

Church warden Eric Alston at St Michael's Parish Church, Mytholmroyd.

Members of a parish church have come up with a model way to raise funds for an urgent £12,500 repair bill.

Weather damage has left the spire and the top of the tower at St Michael’s Parish Church, Mytholmroyd, in a delapedated state and to fund around half of the repairs, church wardens are looking to build a replica tower out of Lego and sell each brick for £1.

Each brick which is sold will act as a gauge of how the fundraising effort is progressing and church wardens expect the completed replica to be constructed out of 5,000 Legos.

The fundraising effort will start on Easter Saturday, April 19, but before that the church is asking for donations of “standard” Lego bricks (8mm x 8 mm).

Church warden Eric Alston said: “The problem is we have had a five yearly inspection called the quin quenial inspection and it would appear that the top of the tower and practically all the spire are in a dangerous condition.

“Our architect has sugested that we should have the top of the tower and the spire completely re-pointed. His estimation of the cost of doing that is about £12,500.

“What we thought we would do at all the church events is to have a model of the tower being build from a base of Lego. The idea being that you pay a minimum of £1 for the lego brick and place it on the model. So as the model gets taller and taller it acts as a fundraising thermometer for the project.

“Once it is completed it will raise half of the money that we need and then we will have to raise money through other means.

“What we need is a lot of Lego bricks in any colour. People can either bring them to the church on a Sunday or to the parish hall on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings.”

Mr Alston said the church and the spire were not dangerous to the public but work would have to be completed within 18 months.

“The damagehas been caused by the general wear and tear through the weather,” he said. “It’s very exposed because it’s at the west end of the church. There has also been a lot of damage from bird droppings.

“If it got to the point were it was dangerous we would have to stop ringing the bells and there would have to be some kind of temporary safety platform to catch anything from falling off,” he said.

Mr Alston said the model tower would be stored in the church foyer initially, before moving to the church hall.

The foundation stones at the church were laid in 1846.

For more information about the current project and how you can help, call Rev Cathy Reardon on 01422 883944 or visit http://erringdenbenefice.org.uk/.

 

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