News items added on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Repairs to the roof

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I suppose it is a traditional thing for a parish priest to have to get the roof mended. We have had scaffolding up for a week or so to provide access for Keith and Steve to repair the ridge tiles. The pointing had eroded in places and some of the tiles had cracked. Here is Keith with one that had gone completely:

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The work is nearly finished and we are all hoping that this will solve the problem of a couple of stubborn leaks that show themselves every time we have heavy rain. Many thanks to all of you who are generous in the Offertory Collection so that we can get this work done.

This morning, the scaffolder was beginning to take down some of the poles and boards, so I thought I should get up there before I lost the chance. There was a good view from the top:

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It was also an opportunity to get a potential profile picture - the scaffolder kindly obliged.

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He also got this view with the Shooters Hill water tower on the horizon. From my end of the scaffolding it was hidden by a tree:

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