Rais­ing theroof atchurch

Leaks fixed in time for Easter

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Pirie

What a dif­fer­ence a few weeks make.

The News re­ported in Fe­bru­ary how the con­gre­ga­tion at tiny St Columba Lutheran Church in East Kil­bride faced a roof re­pair bill amount­ing to thou­sands of pounds.

But vol­un­teers at the West­wood Hill church found the cash – with all of the im­prove­ments car­ried out in time for Easter.

Church lead­er­ship team mem­ber Linda White told the News:“I want to thank the com­mu­nity for their sup­port and all the pos­i­tive mes­sages.”

Vol­un­teers at St Columba Lutheran Church were de­lighted as they opened their doors for Easter cel­e­bra­tions af­ter thou­sands of pounds of re­pairs.

Wa­ter had been pour­ing through the slop­ing roof in the main hall, which has stood in West­wood Hill for six decades, fol­low­ing heavy rain and snow through­out the win­ter months.

This led to costly dam­age to the pews and ruined the wooden pan­els in the church, as well as al­low­ing a pud­dle of wa­ter to form.

They pre­vi­ously had to spend £6000 on roof re­pairs. How­ever, the prob­lems re­turned due to the an­gled de­sign of the roof.

The is­sues had caused added strain for the church as parish­ioners ex­pected a packed sched­ule while cel­e­brat­ing 500 years since the Re­for­ma­tion and the an­nual Easter cel­e­bra­tions.

How­ever, af­ter spend­ing a fur­ther £8000 the roof has been re­paired.

Within the cost, the lead­er­ship team at the church – which has a small con­gre­ga­tion of around 10 peo­ple – also de­cided to re-rough­cast the bud­ing.

Buck­ets and tow­els which vis­i­tors had been ac­cus­tomed to spot­ting dot­ted around the build­ing have now been cleared and Linda White, who is a mem­ber of the church lead­er­ship team, re­ported that they have had no more prob­lems.

Even with the re­turn of high winds, snow and rain last week the roof stood firm.

Linda noted that they have re­ceived pos­i­tive com­ments from lo­cals af­ter the News cov­ered their strug­gles.

And she is hop­ing to build on the good feel­ing to re­cruit new mem­bers to use their hall.

She told the News: “I want to thank the com­mu­nity for their sup­port and all the pos­i­tive mes­sages.

“To­day, there is no wa­ter com­ing in. It’s hold­ing up re­ally well to all the weath­ers you get in East Kil­bride.

“Our hall is free on most nights and any­body who is want­ing to get in touch to find out more can give us a call.”

To con­tact the church, call (01355) 239608 or, al­ter­na­tively, go to their church Face­book page.

I want to thank the com­mu­nity for their sup­port...

Fresh startLinda White at re­paired St Columba Lutheran Church and, in­set, how we re­ported their plight

Ef­fort Anne Turner and Linda White were on clean up duty be­fore the re­pairs

Re­paired The out­side of the St Columba Lutheran Church

All new Linda White is happy to be back in the church hall

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