Dig deep to save historic building

ST Johns Methodist Church ST John Street Bridlington.'PA1528-4a

ST Johns Methodist Church ST John Street Bridlington.'PA1528-4a

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A major appeal has just been launched to repair the roof of one of Bridlington’s best known landmarks.

St John’s Burlington Methodist Church in Quay Road needs around £50,000 for urgent repairs to help maintain the 131-year-old Grade II listed building and keep the rain out.

Thanks mainly to the generosity of its church members, who have pledged around £28,000, the roof appeal has got off to a flying start but at least another £21,400 will be needed to secure what is described as one of the finest non-conformist churches for miles and one of the best used.

John Fisher, Appeal Chairman, said: “Although it is very well preserved for the size of the building and its age, the nature of the architecture with its twin spires is causing some problems.

It is not going to fall down but as money comes in we will carry out a programme of repairs over the next 18 months or so.”

Those repairs include the most urgent which is an area of dry rot, after that other repairs to the roof are hoped to be completed before the winter weather arrives.

As appeal chairman, John is currently making applications to various bodies in the hope of getting some form of grant aid and he will also be contacting local groups and businesses seeking their help.

“The church is open every day and used by dozens of groups and organisations. It also hosts a variety of events which over a year attracts around 2,000 visitors as well as having a regular Sunday morning congregation of up to 50 parishioners,” he said.

Anyone wanting to contribute to the roof appeal should contact John Fisher on 01262 851785 or send him a cheque made payble to St John’s Burlington Methodist Church to 10 Dunnscroft, Flamborough, YO15 1PZ. Mr Fisher can also be contacted by eamil at: john@crowle75.fsnet.co.uk