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Beating the rain

17 January 2014

BEFORE the Christmas rains came, contractors removed no less than 60kg of debris from the gutters of St Michael and All Angels, in Galleywood. St Michael's is a well-cared-for church, but it took a cherry picker to reach the awkward spots.

Pictured here is the Archdeacon of Harlow, the Ven. Martin Webster, in the basket of the cherry picker with Lyan Gray, of MBS Access, from Witham. The Archdeacon was there to launch a scheme set up by the diocese of Chelmsford and the Friends of Essex Churches to encourage all the diocesan churches to clear gutters, as the cost of repairing damage from the overflow of the blocked gutters of historic churches in the diocese is estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds.

As a gesture of encouragement, the Friends of Essex Churches Trust is giving a grant of £50 to the first 100 churches that arrange a contractor's visit under the new scheme.

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