Monday, July 27, 2009

Work begins


One of the blog readers was kind enough to send me a cheque for five hundred pounds - many thanks. It was enough to be able to pay Radic, a Slovakian parishioner and professional carpenter to sand and revarnish more than half of our benches, the picture below is typical of them.
The next job is to repair our west window before the organ console is returned to the gallery.
I'll put up a picture later.

6 comments:

gemoftheocean said...

Hey, right on. This should cut out any frivolus lawsuits re: people getting splinters up the backside!

gemoftheocean said...

And can you get a paypal button for yourself? Every bit helps.

Matthaeus said...

Good idea, Gem - I had been thinking that it might be a good idea to 'pound' Fr. Ray, in the same way that we did for Fr. Tim Finigan. This strikes me as a good way of raising quite a lot of money, without anyone feeling obliged to 'dig deep', unless, of course, they want to. Also, in Fr. Finigan's case, it seemed to attract donations from overseas blog-readers, who might not otherwise contribute due to the difficulty of currency exchange.

Would anyone be able to set this up (I assume there is a way of organising a paypal button that automatically transfers £1)?

Henry said...

It would be nice to have some wedge-shaped cushions, the benches are particularly uncomfortable as the seats are horizontal

nickbris said...

I don't think this a good idea at all.

Rubbing off 140 years of Hisory can only be construed as vandalism.Broken kneelers and rickety backs can be repaired but the historical scratches & initials of people long gone are irreplaceable.

The money would be far better spent on the floor & lighting.

As for the West Window could that not be taken care of by our very numerous Polish congregation who look upon St Mary Mags as their Church since so many of their Grandfathers were here in WW2

Fr Ray Blake said...

Nick, I think it is quite a good idea to get rid of the graffiti, "f***" reproduced several times with a yale key is not conducive to prayer.
Some might conceive the present state of the benches to constitute a sacrilege.