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Parish church funds hit by unexpected dry rot expense

Selkirk Parish Church donation form for renovation work. The Reverend Margaret Steele adds her name to the donation form for friends of Selkirk Parish Church for the fortncoming renovation work. Looking on are David Bethune, steering group member and Lynda McCraw.

Selkirk Parish Church donation form for renovation work. The Reverend Margaret Steele adds her name to the donation form for friends of Selkirk Parish Church for the fortncoming renovation work. Looking on are David Bethune, steering group member and Lynda McCraw.

Almost £14,000 of extra work on Selkirk Parish Church hall is needed after dry rot was uncovered during renovation work on the building.

This large additional cost to the project will have a significant impact on church reserves, and has led to an application to the Selkirk Common Good Fund.

On Tuesday, Selkirkshire councillors approved the request for a £2,000 donation.

The cost of the work to treat the dry rot has been estimated at more than £3,400, while the discovery of a weakness in the drainage system where the church roof meets the hall roof has added at least another £10,000 to the bill.

In this month’s church newsletter, property convener Jim Smith wrote: “The dry rot section has been completely removed and new timbers installed together with the appropriate treatment to stop any further outbreak.

“Work has commenced on overhauling the section of the roof which caused the problem and should be completed within two weeks.”

Mr Smith reported that work is progressing well, but the ‘unforeseen issues’ meant it is not likely to be completed before mid-February.

Church treasurer Lynda McCraw added that reserves would be ‘much depleted’ by the extra costs incurred, with repair work on the steeple and bell also identified recently.

She added: “We are very grateful for the great response we have had so far, but we really need your continuing support with fundraising, pledges and donations.”

 

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