NOTHING daunted, 80-year-old Tony Myers, a retired train-driver
dedicated to the care of Clifton Parish Church, in
York diocese, decided to repair a window-frame
high in the church tower himself. "The window was rotten, and had
to be replaced," he says. "Owing to the cramped space inside the
tower, internal scaffolding wasn't possible, and external
scaffolding would have been prohibitive."
A fellow parishioner and experienced mountaineer, Paul Brown,
decided to help with providing Mr Myers (above) safe
access to the window, 100 feet from the ground. "Using ropes and
pulleys, Mr Brown hauled scaffolding planks to the top of the
inside of the tower, and, using them as safety barriers, rigged up
a rope cradle.
"We wore full climbing harnesses, and were clipped to the safety
rope at all times," Mr Myers says. "That enabled me to work from
the inside of the tower, and the job is now done. It could have
cost thousands, but I reckon we did it for around £15."
The Vicar, Canon David Casswell, is delighted. "They have saved
us a small fortune. Both did a fantastic job, and we feel very
fortunate to have people like them in our congregation."