A CHURCH’S members are urging people to buy a roof tile to help vital renovation work.
Essential repairs to Huddersfield Parish Church are being made, with the cost of the work expected to top £400,000.
The Byram Street church is using its own resources to pay for the work, aided by donations from its congregation.
But members are appealing for the public to help support the church and make donations towards the roof appeal.
The Vicar of Huddersfield, the Rev Catherine Ogle, said: “The church building has suffered a great deal of wear and tear over the years.
“We have to keep up with the repairs or we risk serious damage to the church interior or, even worse, possible falls of stonework.”
“We need the support of the people of the town to care for this vital part of the town’s heritage and maintain it for future generations.”
Repairs to the stonework and pinnacles of the tower are going on and the roof is being re-tiled in blue Welsh slate to make it watertight.
Members of the church are asking the wider community to give £5 to buy a single roof tile. The names of all donors will be recorded in the church.
Appeal chairman Barbara Nightingale said: “We have spent a lot of our own money because the work had to be done, but there is an enormous amount still to do.
“It is very important we get the support of the public because we can’t have a leaking roof. So our focus is now on that.”
Her husband Arthur, the building steering group chairman, said: “When you start working in an old building something else always comes up.
“The roof and tower work will cost £400,000 so any help is greatly appreciated.”
The present church was opened in October, 1836, but there is believed to have been a church on the site since soon after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
The last major renovations at the church were in the early 1980s, when work was done on the inside of the church and crypt, which was turned into a drop-in centre and coffee shop.
The church will remain open for services and community events while the work is carried out.
For more information and to make a donation contact the parish office on 01484 427 964 or email email@example.com