Emergency Work in Church 
- Temporary Closure of the Church -

On the 15th December, following emergency repairs to a leak in the central heating piping in the loft space of the Church, three further leaks appeared. These leaks have caused damage to the ceiling and carpets in three places.  As a result of the damage to the ceiling there is a danger that parts of the ceiling may collapse. This has caused the temporary closure of the Church for a few weeks. 

Driers were installed in Church on Saturday the 19th December and will operate throughout the Christmas period. The old central heating piping in the Church loft is being capped off. The new piping will run below the ceiling. The work by the heating engineers will commence on Monday 4th January, 2016 and is scheduled to take a week to ten days. The drying-out should be completed by the 29th December when an assessment will be made as to the extent of the repairs to/replacement of aisle carpets, the ceiling and the organ. Some redecoration will also be necessary. 

These are fairly major works that are being undertaken and we are moving as quickly as possible to restore the Church to use.  However if the ceiling cannot be repaired and sections require replacing and redecorating this will have to follow the piping work scheduled to be completed early in January.  Similarly, if the aisle carpets are to be replaced that will extend the closure a little longer. We will update you further on progress in the bulletin on the 10th January.

In the meantime, as a result of the temporary closure of the Church, the only Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes until the 16th January  2016 will be in the School Hall on the following dates:-
Sunday, 27th December 2015
Sunday 3rd January 2015
Sunday 10th January 2015

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to all families and parishioners.

Mike Box, Chair, Finance & Management Committee

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