Subsidence at landmark church

Freda Armstrong is helping raise funds
Freda Armstrong is helping raise funds
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A Chorley church is rallying round after being rocked by a major subsidence problem.

St George’s in the town centre has launched a restoration fund to raise money to tackle the work.

It is being supported by organisations and individuals.

The subsidence was discovered in the northern corner of the St George’s Street church.

The parochial church council’s financial report and financial statement for last year reported it as being “a severe shock” to the church’s financial stability.

The structure upon which the floor of the church rests is in need of significant repair and maintenance.

And the first estimate indicated that the church’s “financial reserves” would be decimated.

It added: “This, together with the fact that St George’s struggles to pay its way on a day to day basis, severely taxed the PCC.”

The church, though, is responding positively and as part of the fund-raising programme, a floral art demonstration – The Splendour of Spring – organised by St George’s Flower Guild will take place at 7.30pm on Friday, May 17, in the church hall, Halliwell Street.

The demonstration will be by Freda Armstrong, an advisor to the Church of England Flower Arrangers’ Association, who has directed three flower festivals, and given floral art demonstrations in the cathedral churches of Liverpool and Manchester.

Music will be supplied by Reverend Tim Wilby and Louise Bolton, and there will be raffles.

Admission is £5, to include refreshments and cakes. There are only a small number of tickets still available.

Ring Freda on 01257 262918.