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Tower repairs nearly complete

http://www.ellontimes.co.uk/news/local-headlines/tower-repairs-nearly-complete-1-2753794

Methlick minister the Rev Matt Canlis and the Save Our Tower Sign, which has become a focal point in the village.
Published on Friday 25 January 2013 14:18

THE finishing touches are due to be applied next week to a project involving repairs to the North-east’s oldest church.

It will mark the completion of work on the tower at Methlick Parish Church, which has involved a major fundraising drive.

Worshippers received the best festive news when Methlick minister, the Rev Matt Canlis, announced at the Christmas Eve service that they had reached their target of £35,000.

Around £8,500 was raised at a free hog roast fundraiser in the village’s Beaton Hall late last year and by Christmas Eve morning the total had reached £31,000.

Every home in the village received an invitation to the hog roast, with people being invited to bring along or send a donation in a special envelope.

Mr Canlis told the Times: “We hoped to announce at the service that we had raised the £35,000 and on Christmas Eve morning we stood at £31,000.

“By the afternoon we had received another £4,000, so everyone was delighted.

“Work on the tower is almost complete and someone is due to come in next week to take care of the finishing touches. It has been a great effort by everyone in the community.”

A three-year timescale had originally been drawn up to raise the money for the tower repairs.

Work had already been completed on a new church roof and pointing, and the final stages of the repairs involved the elimination of all fresh dry rot outbreaks.

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