Topping out for Prestbury chruch extension 2015

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undefinedThe congregation of St Peter's church, Prestbury, turned out in force for the ancient ceremony of ‘topping out' their new building (an extension to the old church) which is due to be completed later this year. A branch of yew from the churchyard was attached to the highest point of the building in the traditional manner.

A time capsule which contained, among other things, a book in which members of the church had written about their lives and their faith, was put into the foundations of the building. The Revd Patrick Angier, Vicar of Prestbury, read from scripture and led the congregation in prayers. 

Richard Raymond, Churchwarden and project manager said: “This is a good time to take stock of progress made, bless the continuing work and to acknowledge the work of our builders.”

Speaking at the event, back on Thursday 26 March, the Rural Dean of Macclesfield, the Revd Canon Veronica Hydon attended the ceremony and added her prayers. She said: “Today we heard the news that the third woman bishop was appointed in the Church of England, and I pray that this building likewise may enable new energy, new vision and new life for the people of this place.”

The ceremony was concluded in keeping with traditional construction practice – by the congregation and builders joining together and drinking traditional ale from the Bollington Brewing Company.

The extension to the Grade I-listed church will contain meeting space for young church, choirs, Alpha courses and education, plus toilets, a kitchen, a vestry, and a robing room for the choir.

Pictured after the topping out ceremony - Richard Raymond, Veronica Hydon and Patrick Angier