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Raising the roof at Holy Rood
8:00pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
STEADY progress is being made to collect funds which will be used to maintain one of Swindon’s historic churches. Earlier this year Holy Rood Catholic Church, on Groundwell Road, launched an appeal asking for money to replace the leaking roof and complete other vital repairs.
Approximately £50,000 has been collected so far raising the possibility that work on the roof may be able to start before the end of the year.
“Nothing is confirmed yet but with the amount raised so far we can consider starting work,” said Canon John Cunningham, the parish priest.
“Hopefully we will have something in place for the colder winter months.
“If we keep raising funds at the rate we have been then the church will have the amount needed.”
Canon Cunningham says he has been overwhelmed with the response of the public since the appeal was first launched.
A series of events and schemes to raise funds have taken place, including giving parishioners the opportunity to buy a tile in the new roof. The tile can then be dedicated to the memory of someone. The scheme has been met with a very positive response.
Canon Cunningham said: “I have been absolutely delighted with the response from everyone.
“People have been very generous, not just from within the Catholic community, but from Swindon on the whole.
“As everyone knows the country is going through a very tough economic period so for everyone to be so generous is great.”
The money is being raised to repair the leaking roof of the extension which was built in 1971.
As well as the roof, the money is also needed to replace the under-floor heating, which is broken.
Work will also be done to re-decorate the walls and install modern light fittings.
“The whole roof will need to be replaced when we start work,” said Canon Cunningham.
“A new material will be used but it will look very similar to now.
“Once that is completed and we have the money the other works can begin.”
Holy Rood is one of the largest churches in the town and has a parish of more than 3,500.
To help raise the money a special fundraising committee has been set up to devise ways of raising cash.
The next fundraising event will be a dance at St Joseph’s College on September 28. The event will start at 7.30pm with tickets costing £10 for adults and £5 for youngsters aged between 12 and 16.
To either purchase a ticket or donate to the fund then call 01793 522062 or email email@example.com.
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