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SEATON: Church will reopen in time for Christmas

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

ST Michael’s Church will be back open ‘for business’ in time for the Christmas festivities.
That was the pledge of the Reverend Jeremy Trew as he confirmed that the extensive repair work, which has seen the church closed for almost three months, had now been completed.
“The work is coming to an end and is more or less completed so we are hoping to open again early in December or possibly by the end of the week,” said Reverend Trew.
“Initially the work was done to repair old and rotting timbers and also create a bigger and more flexible space in the church for community use.
“But the workmen found dry rot everywhere so the work ended up costing the church a lot more than we thought but we are glad we got it done now.
“The building should be good for serving the community for many more years to come.”
The extensive dry rot was revealed when pews were removed to create the extra space in the church to hold events like coffee mornings and exhibitions. Despite the increased costs involved it was a problem that could not be ignored to ensure the safety and stability of the building which was consecrated in 1878.
“The work has all been self-financed with money saved up over the years and ear-marked for repair works,” added Reverend Trew.
The Reverend Trew has continued to hold services in the Chancel, which is located the front of the church and wasn’t directly affected by the work and has also used the Congregation Church for events like the recent Remembrance Day service.
“We are very grateful to them for helping us out,” he added.
“But we should be more than ready for the lead-up to Christmas.”
Volunteers helped with cleaning the church yesterday (Monday, December 1st) and all being well the first big event will be on Friday (5pm) when children from Beer Primary School will be singing Christmas carols ahead of the village’s annual Late Night Shopping event.

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