REroofing appeal Hyde 2012

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Vicar Jo Parker (pictured) is running a donate-a-slate project with the aim of completely re-roofing St George's Church, Hyde. The parish has already made a great start on the 169,000 re-roofing scheme after getting a generous grant 5,500 from English Heritage and a promise of more to come.

The grade II-listed church, which stands in Hyde town centre, was built in 1832. It was opened by an ancestor of Lord (Sebastian) Coe, chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Applications for further grants continue, and the Vicar’s donate-a-slate scheme should help. Parishioners and members of the public are asked to make a proposed donation of £5 per slate. It is suggested that donors complete a Gift Aid form.

Further funding has been agreed by English Heritage to cover architects’ fees and surveys, the actual roofing work using blue Welsh Slate, plus repairs of the downspouts, gutters etc.

On Saturday 8 September St George's is due to holds its annual Heritage Open Day, 9am to 5pm. An attractive limestone church with a tall tower, a full peal of bells and an elegant Georgian clock, the building has a host of features and a compelling history.

And on Sunday 14 October there is to be a celebration of St George's 180th anniversary with the added bonus of a visit by Bishop Peter on the day.

Further details of all events and news of the appeal can be found on www.stgeorgeschurchhyde.co.uk