Giant project raises roof at Audlem


undefinedPupils from St James's C of E primary school, Audlem, have created a story called �Who Ate My Roof?' � to raise funds for St James's Church in the village which suffered lead theft from its roof two years ago. The parish needed to raise �25,000 to replace the missing lead with a new theft-proof material.

Various local people have worked hard at fundraising and the Vicar and parishioners are very grateful for all the support.

A member of the congregation, Sonia Kay, came up with the idea of working with youngsters at the village school to create a book to be sold to raise money for the church’s roof fund. Sonia is pictured above right with one of the school's young writers.

Sonia worked with the schoolchildren’s imaginations and together they came up with a charming tale about a boy called James (after the church) who woke up one day to discover someone had stolen his roof.

A series of adventures then occur in the book. It turns out a giant called Poppy had eaten the roof by mistake. By the end of the humorous story Poppy replaces the roof. 

‘Who Ate My Roof?’ was printed by Johnsons of Nantwich, and is on sale, priced £6, at Audlem Mill, Williams Newsagents, St James's Church and St Mary's Church in Nantwich.

The Revd Helen Chantry, Vicar of St James, said: “The book idea was a great project. It used everyone’s creativity and skills. It was tremendous fun and it cemented the youngsters’ relationship with our church.  

“Next month (September) we’ve having a book signing. All the children and Sonya will be there and we are hoping to get it registered with the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest book signing in the world.”

Below, front cover of the book