Jan 23 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
ST CUTHBERT'S church in Halsall has re-opened thanks to the generosity of the local community.
The church was forced to shut before Christmas last year after health and safety chiefs declared the spire unsafe.
However, parishioners and Halsall residents rallied round to raise the necessary £14,000 to secure the scaffolding to make the spire safe, meaning the church was able to open in time for the Christmas services.
The Rev Paul Leslie Robinson said: “The local community have just been absolutely fantastic, the fact they managed to raise the money in just over three weeks is superb.
“Thanks to them we were able to re-open the church on December 20 just in time for Christmas.
“We also had a very special wedding on December 27 that was in jeopardy with the closure, but thankfully this was able to go ahead as well.
“The bride is the fourth or fifth generation of her family to walk down the aisle, so it was incredibly important to her and the whole congregation that the wedding was held in our church.”
However ,the spire of the Grade I listed church is still not structurally sound and architectural experts and engineers are due to assess how extensive the restoration will need to be in the next couple of weeks.
Fundraisers such as a black tie ball and sponsored walks are currently being planned to raise the additional funds to fully repair the spire, with some estimating it could cost over £20,000.