Roof repairs letter

Posted by Richard Jones on 30/11/2014 17:14

November 30, 2014

Dear friends


Lead Theft Update


Following the lead thefts from St John’s in September and resulting damage to the building, I write to thank you for your prayers and support and to update you on progress.


The main roof repairs have now been completed.  New security lights to illuminate darker areas around the church have been fitted and protective security grills will be fitted over them in the next week.  Anti-vandal paint has been applied and will be maintained in the future; in accordance with Diocesan requirements, permanent warning signs to this effect will be ordered.  The roof alarm has been extended to cover the whole roof and a one-year external response contract has been taken out, to offer increased support in the event of the alarm being triggered.  All work has been carried out in accordance with Diocesan and insurance requirements.


Repair work is still required to the vestry roof.  There had been a longstanding problem in this area that the PCC had identified and agreed to repair.  However, the lead theft exacerbated this problem and so more extensive repair is now required.  There is also limited water damage to the inside of church above the organ. Quotes are being solicited for the necessary redecoration but it is anticipated that this will be met by our insurers.


I am extremely grateful to David Orritt, Peter Dorling, Ian Hawksby and the wardens for the considerable amount of time, skill and effort they have kindly given to enable us to resolve these issues speedily.


As you will appreciate, the necessary repair work and improved security measures have come at a considerable and unanticipated cost.  Please see the breakdown of costs overleaf. For your information, in line with the policies for churches given the prevalence of lead theft nationally, our insurance coverage for roof repairs covers a maximum claim of £10,000 in a 12-month period.


The total anticipated cost of the repair work and improved security measures is

£38,820 inclusive of VAT.


To date, we have received £18,298 towards this amount.  This consists of £10,000 from our insurance company; £5,176 from recovery of VAT (anticipated); £500 grant from AllChurches Trust and £2,622 from unsolicited gifts, for which we are most grateful.


This leaves a shortfall of £20,522.


On behalf of the PCC, I write to ask if would prayerfully consider making a financial contribution to help us cover this cost.  As you will appreciate, this large unanticipated expense will have considerable impact on our ability to fund our continuing ministry in Burscough and beyond unless we can raise this money.


To make a contribution:


Please use a GIFT AID envelope available from the pews and West End and mark it ‘ROOF REPAIRS’. If you wish to make your contribution to be anonymous, this is all you need to do.  If you are a taxpayer and you would like the church to claim the Gift Aid on your kind contribution, please fill in the details on the envelope. Envelopes may be placed in the offertory or given to the Treasurer, Church Wardens or a member of staff. Thank you.


If you would prefer to make a contribution spread over 12 months, please contact Peter Dorling, our Treasurer, to discuss this in confidence (01704 891612).


This appeal will run from today for six weeks, and we will report back on Sunday 25 January 2015.


In challenging economic times, thank you for your prayerful and considered response.


In His Love


Richard & the PCC



Expenditure (rounded to nearest £)                    £


Emergency temporary roof repairs               1,200

Roof alarm                                                      2,812

1 year monitoring response                           317

Roof repairs – chancel & nave                       14,411

Roof repairs – above main entrance              5,556

Additional lead above main entrance                        219

Security lights                                                 859

Roof repairs – vestry*                                    7,446

Gutter repairs (south side of church)**         6,000


Total                                                               38,820


* Not yet accepted as we’re awaiting confirmation and further quotes that we hope may be slightly cheaper.

** Estimated cost of repairing problems identified by the roofing contractor when lead was being replaced. The extent will not be fully known until it is investigated in depth with special reference to the Barge Boards to which the metal gutter is attached. We hope that it can be done for less than the amount quoted.  This estimate is for the provision of scaffolding and replacement of the barge boards before the gutter repair is completed.


There are currently no comments on this post.

Add a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment. Please click here to login or if you do not have an account you can register here.

News Archive

APCM Voting Results

Belarus Update - Day 3

Belarus Update - Days 2 & 3

Belarus 2019

Elevation Dance Group at Ormskirk Dance Festival

5 Year Plan


Help Needed - Friday 23rd November

Steve Legg - Christian conjurer and illusionist

Faith Under Fire

Burscough Remembrance Events


International Needs Visit

Church Open for Prayer

Let the wedding commence, Scarecrow style

Summer at St Johns

Vision Study Course

Parish Directory

Elevation Dance Workshops

Home Front - Front Line

Davids Licencing

Our New Vicar

Alpha 2018

Christmas at St Johns

Elevation Dance Workshops

Thank you from Clare

Next Sunday mornings services

Christine's first service:

Pearl of Africa Children's Choir

Martha's events

Guest Service - 10th September 2017

Tomorrows 10am Service

Belarus - Welcome Home

Belarus Update - Friday

Belarus update - Thursday

Belarus Update - Wednesday

Belarus Update - Tuesday

Belarus - Monday update

Belarus - And they're off


Tomorrow's services

Simon's Funeral

Simon Glynn

Simon - Update 18th July - Evening

Simon - 18 July

Simon - 17 July

Simon - Update 17th July

Simon - 16 July

Simon - Operation update

Simon - Update 15 July

Simon - Update 15 July

Simon - Update 14th July

Simon - Update 13th July

Simon - Update 9th July

Simon - Update 8th July

Simon in Hospital

Sundays Service and Bleasdale

Summer Services

Church open for prayer

Response to Manchester bombings- Church open 5-7pm Wednesday today

Easter at St Johns

Esther Ministry Gifting Day

New Curate

Verses to Memorise

When Faith Gets Shaken

Leg it for Lucy

Welcome @ The Wharf

New appointment

Station Café filled with Christmas cheer

Reminder: No Evening Service - 29th November

New Worship Blog

Letter from the wardens about the interregnum

Roof repairs update letter

Women's World Day Of Prayer

Toy Service

An Announcement from our Wardens

Congregational letter 21/09/14

Quiet Day

Congregational letter from our Treasurer regarding church finances

Table Top Sale

Congegational Letter February 2014

Women's World Day of Prayer

Congregational Letter - January 2014

Firm Roots in St Johns

Congregational Letter - June 2013

Congregational Letter

Karen Simpson

January Congregational Letter

Congregational Letter - 11th November 2012

World Record Breaking Carol Singing

Fairtrade Fortnight! - (27 Feb - 11 March)

Could a chart single change the World and end slavery?

Women's World Day of Prayer

Vision Sunday Report

Brian Donnelly’s report on his visit to Burkina Faso with International Needs

Women's World Day of Prayer

World Record Breaking Carol Singing - Ormskirk Advertiser article

Update from Richard - 18 December 2011

Listen Online now includes the 9am service

The Christmas Story comes to Burscough Wharf

Update from Richard

Hesketh Bank Silver Band

Richard Writes...

Church harvest sows seeds of hope in Ethiopia

Ladies Activity Day

Praise Party

Autumn Fun Morning

Money management advice is a blessing

Praying for our cities

Belarus 2011

Burscough Beach Fun Day

Come Dine with Me-Fragrance Group

Changes Coming Soon!

Richard's Summary Reflection on last year, given at the Annual Parochial Meeting on April 7th

Family Walk & Scavenger Hunt

Confirmation Service

Richard on the radio and in the papers

Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter Pathway

Women's World Day of Prayer

Cafe Church

Haydock Male Voice Choir

The Digital Story of the Nativity

Eileen set to join the team

All Age Nativity


He's on his way

Sing and be merry by lantern light

'Boxing' Day comes early to Burscough?

Easter - Christian Fair Trade Easter Eggs


Operation Christmas Child

Remembrance Day

The Treat

Quiet Day


There are a few easy ways to keep up to date with St John's.

RSS For each blog click on the icon on the left to get the address for the RSS newsfeed. For more information on RSS Newsfeeds please click here.

Email The second way is to click on the Email icon on the left and subscribe so that you receive an email each time the blog is updated.
Facebook The third way is to become a fan of us on Facebook.
Twitter The final way is to follow us on Twitter