THE CONGREGATION at a Warwick Church are celebrating heaven sent repairs.
Northgate Methodist Church has completed £80,000 worth of much-needed repair work to its outer walls. The 120 year-old Barrack Street church required urgent attention to the brickwork, stonework and picture windows.
Trevor Blades, who is co-ordinating the church’s Way Forward project, which includes building schedules, said much work had been carried out on the wall facing the county council car park, including repointing.
Mr Baldes and the minister Rev Mike Grimsley showed the repairs to representatives of the King Henry VIII Endowed Trust – deputy chairman John Edwards and deputy clerk Belinda Shuttleworth – which contributed ten per cent of the repair bill.
Mr Blades said: “We are extremely grateful to the trust for their support, as indeed we were 20 years ago when they came to our aid when the church roof was in danger of collapsing.”
Mr Edwards said: “We’re always very glad to help local churches whenever we can. Under the terms of our charter we can support the community of Warwick borough with grants for the repair of historic buildings, as well as helping the elderly, infirm and needy; improving social welfare, recreation and leisure facilities; and supporting educational facilities.”
Last year, the trust, one of Warwick’s oldest charities, founded in 1545, made more than 40 such grants, including £40,000 to the town’s Lord Leycester Hospital towards the cost of roof repairs.
* CHURCHES in Warwick will join together in a Walk of Witness through the town on Good Friday (April 18).
There will be processions starting from three points – Castle Hill Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Friar Street and Northgate Methodist Church – from 11.45 am, ready to walk at noon. The processions will make their way to Warwick Market Square,
where there will be a service, starting at 12.15am, of hymns, readings and prayers, including a talk by Rev Marilyn Harry.