Prescot Church Celebrates Roof Completion

By on Thursday, October 9, 2014

prescot_parish_church_roof St Mary’s Church will be celebrating the completion of their roof restoration later this month.

People from all over Prescot are invited to the occasion, a ‘Songs of Praise’ featuring Prescot Parish Church Choir, organist Tim Hall and St Helens-based brass ensemble Parr Band.

A routine survey of the 400-year-old building in 2012 revealed a deathwatch-beetle infestation in the Jacobean roof.

Due to the age of the timbers and the quality of workmanship needed for the repairs, it was down to parishioners to raise most of the £250,000 needed.

An English Heritage grant paid part of the cost, and local individuals, community groups and businesses have also been part of fundraising efforts. Although the work is now complete, fundraising continues to make up the shortfall.

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St Mary’s Church, which dates to 1610, is Knowsley’s only Grade I listed building.

The Songs of Praise service takes place on Friday 24 October at 7.00pm at the Parish Church, and dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, and the Mayors of Knowsley and Prescot will attend.

Entry is free, although a collection will be taken.

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