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 Photo-a-Day      (Sunday, 2nd September, 2012) Views: 3,043 
St Cath's again
 St Cath's again   by Rev David Long  (Konica Minolta Dynax 7D)
The underpinning looks as if it has been completed.

Comment by Maggie K on 2nd September 2012 at 00:57
Was this photo taken from the Vicarage grounds. It has brought back memories of 53 years ago when I played there as a child.


Comment by Ernest Pyke on 2nd September 2012 at 02:03
Whereabouts is this underpinning, Rev David?
The helicopter pad, peterp,(18th August 2012 P-a-D) is
anything but level !!
peterp, have you read my comment on 31st August 2012 P-a-D?


Comment by peterp on 2nd September 2012 at 08:28
once the spire is rebuilt then the church can be seen in its true context


Comment by aitch on 2nd September 2012 at 09:54
It still looks like its sinking on the left, and thats without the steeple being re erected, question for Rev Long, does the church still have a good congregation, I must admit its a number of years since I went inside there.


Comment by Garry on 2nd September 2012 at 12:44
Are you home sick, Rev David.


Comment by peterp on 2nd September 2012 at 17:43
ernest my comment is meant to mean a non -descript bird flying away from the cuckoos(the council)and trying to escape


Comment by Neil Cain on 2nd September 2012 at 18:11
Would anyone know which foundry cast the columns in the nave


Comment by dirty harry on 2nd September 2012 at 20:44
yes it were our lords foundry the addy is heaven......good luck. dont call him today it's a day of rest.


Comment by Jean F (Wales) on 2nd September 2012 at 22:13
Doesn`t look very safe to me .hope we dont get the New Orleans hurricane !


Comment by Rev David Long on 3rd September 2012 at 09:04
Yes, MaggieK, this was taken from the vicarage garden - another I took at the same time includes the house, now offices for the Wigan Churches' Family Welfare Association.
I also took pics of some of signs of the underpinning around the base of the tower - all you can see are the ends of steel rods with yellow plastic safety caps on top. I counted 25 on the front step, and reckon there are over 30 on each side. I presume that the base of the back wall, inside the church, was similarly treated. A lot of expensive holes.
I've only taken two or three funerals, and a wedding there, aitch, but I understand there is still a reasonable congregation there, with many former parishioners travelling in each week from other areas.


Comment by Gary on 4th September 2012 at 19:29
Completion is way overdue. The CoE is rich so its should be sorted...but wait...its only Wigan so it doesn't matter.


Comment by Rev David Long on 4th September 2012 at 20:35
Completion isn't overdue, Gary. It's not planned to be finished until November/ December. I don't know whether it is on schedule or not, however. I counted 50+ rods used for the underpinning, whereas I was told that half that number were planned.
As for the CofE being wealthy, well, it is, and it isn't. It owns lots of treasures - such as its ancient buildings, and priceless church furnishings and ceremonial/ liturgical objects, but they can hardly be cashed in as they're in daily use by the Church and its people. And even if they were sold off to pay for the present generation's repair bills, they won't then be there for the next generation's needs. The Church also has more transferable assets - land, buildings, stocks and shares, etc. - but the income from these is used to pay for the everyday expenses the Church has... such as my pension!


Comment by Gary on 6th September 2012 at 17:58
Give over, Rev Long. Surely you're not as brainwashed about lack of money in the CofE as you are about religion?
If you truly believe in God, then - He will provide...one way or the other.


Comment by Rev David Long on 6th September 2012 at 22:37
Gary, if you know of a stash of money the CofE has hidden away, tell us where it is.


Comment by Gary on 7th September 2012 at 14:46
Ask God, Rev Long, He's supposed to know everything!


Comment by Keith Melling on 7th September 2012 at 15:20
Only church mice are poor.


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