High winds this week have led to an unwelcome early Christmas present for us here at St Mary Magdalene, Clitheroe: falling masonry has led to the west door of the church being left unsafe and unusable. Some stone work from the west window came loose during the recent storm and fell onto the path and steps below. Members of the public can still use the footpath through the churchyard and the church will be open as usual using the new disabled access door on the south side of the grade 2* listed building.
The damage comes the same year that we completed a £250,000 refit with new heating and lighting installed: it is NOT however to the spire which was recently completely rebuilt at a cost of over £400,000.
Obviously not what we wanted to find in the morning and as yet we don’t know how much the damage will cost. But everyone is very welcome to come along to our fundraiser this Friday (7th December) at 7.30 pm with the Clitheroe Pop Choir, the Clitheroe Ukulele Orchestra, Scarlett Tomlinson and Mike Neary and some very special surprises. Last year was so much fun I’m surprised we didn’t do any structural damage”
Tickets are £8 and can be purchased from Attire, Blueberries or the St Mary’s Centre 01200 425522