Church restored with firm’s help
Last updated at 12:00, Monday, 01 August 2011
A KIRKBY church has been restored thanks to the help of local stone manufacturer Burlington Slate Limited.
The lychgate at the entrance to St Cuthbert’s churchyard was close to destruction when Burlington Slate’s managing director Rob Irwin stepped in.
Mr Irwin said: “When church warden and local parish councillor Ian Cragg alerted us to the fact that the lychgate’s main support posts were in danger of bringing the whole structure down, we decided it was time to take action.
“And whilst in this instance it didn’t involve us donating any of our stone, we knew we could supply the skills required to preserve the integrity of the whole structure.”
The company provided help to rescue the structure, which welcomes parishioners and visitors to the church.
The resurrection of the lychgate included the two main oak posts being fixed within purpose-designed metal base supports, which have been concreted into the ground.
Kirkby parish councillor Ian Cragg is thankful to the company for their help in the preservation of the churchyard entrance.
He said: “We are really grateful to Burlington Slate for their generosity in helping restore the lychgate to its former glory.
“The work has been superbly executed and all of the parishioners are thrilled with the end result.
“It is an attractive structure in its own right and it would have been sad to have witnessed its ongoing demise.”
Burlington Slate was also involved in a project earlier this year where they donated a quantity of roofing slate to renovate the soon-to-be opened Community Hall in Grizebeck.
The project also received a further contribution from Lord Hugh Cavendish’s private charitable fund.
This continued the Cavendish family’s connection with the hall, having donated funds when the structure was originally built.
First published at 09:18, Friday, 05 August 2011
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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