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Halton MP Visits St Luke’s Church’s Vital Roof Restoration Project.

05 Feb 2015
Derek Twigg MP visited St Luke’s Church in Farnworth on Pit Lane as the second stage of its roof renovation nears completion.
Derek Twigg met roof project manager Barry Horabin, director and owner of Mather & Ellis stonemasons John Russell, and site manager Gary Littlemore, to view work undertaken to the roof of the Cuerdley Chapel and organ loft roof on Friday, January 23.
The second stage of restoring the Grade II listed building began in July 2014 at a cost of more than £300,000, of which £205,000 was raised through an English Heritage grant and the rest financed through donations, fundraising and loans.
Mr Twigg said:  “It was important for me to see the progress of the work and I am very impressed by the craftsmanship and the work that has been put in.”
He said: “It really is fantastic, the work they are doing up there. I am very happy to come and support Barry and his team and will do anything I can do to raise the profile and raise funds. It is crucial – it is our history. It is the oldest building in the town.”
Barry said that the project’s third phase will focus on the nave roof and its windows and cost an estimated £95,000.
He added that it will cost £25,000 to clean the church’s organ after it was last cleaned in 1986.
 “You have heard Derek’s support for us in general – whatever we do, I think we can rely on Derek’s support.”
Barry said: “The next step is to approach Heritage Lottery Fund and work with the council in putting a bid in for that.”
The first phase of repairs of the chancel roof cost more than £250,000 and Barry added that a fourth phase of work would look at the church tower.
To donate to the project and the Friends Of St Luke’s Farnworth call 0151 424 9787, 0151 423 4311, email eastwidnesteam.2942@gmail.com or leave donations in church.
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St Luke's roof restoration project

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