Church aims for a winter warmer

Parishioners Chris Smith (left), Margaret Drady and Patricia Watson in St Luke's Church
Parishioners Chris Smith (left), Margaret Drady and Patricia Watson in St Luke's Church

CHURCH-GOERS are urging residents to help them avoid a freezing winter as they raise funds for a new boiler.

The “ancient” boiler at St Luke’s Church, in Hartlepool’s Tunstall Avenue, has seen better days. And after it broke down on numerous occasions this year regulars decided it was time to do something about it.

The £11,700 needed for a new boiler won’t come easy. But the parishioners’ fundraising drive got off to the perfect start when a vase which was donated to the church fetched £1,600 at an auction, as previously reported in the Mail.

A fundraising evening will be held at the start of next month to boost the £1,900 already raised.

Hartlepool Ladies Choir will perform a selection of songs at the event on Saturday, September 1, at the church, which gets under way at 7pm.

Julia Taylor, 59, the parish administrator who lives in the Grange area of Hartlepool, said: “The event promises to be a lovely evening and hopefully it will help with our fundraising for a new boiler.

“The boiler we have at the minute does work but it has been so unreliable recently there is no way it would last another winter.

“It has been converted from coal to oil to gas over the years which shows how old it is.”

As well as the choir performance people will also get the opportunity to look back at years gone by thanks to a photo display.

Photographs which were handed to church some time ago, which include regular churchgoers and church events throughout its long history, will be on show and parishioners are hoping people can identify some of those who are pictured.

A buffet will also be served.

Julia added: “We will do all we can to raise the money for the new boiler.

“All our winter services would be absolutely freezing this year if we didn’t get one.”

Everybody is welcome at the event.

Tickets, priced at £5 or £4 for concessions, are available from the church or by calling Julia on (01429) 271194.

Anybody who wishes to donate and help the church regulars with their fundraising should also contact Julia.