We'd like to welcome you to our beautiful church, to join
with us in worship and in our various social activities.
The church building is unusual in design and has an unusual history - if that interests you, you can find out more about it by clicking
Most of the building is timber-framed with brick infill panels - structurally it is a bit like a mediaeval cruck barn! The ground on which the church is build has had a history of subsidence
(not surprising in the centre of a mining community) and as you enter the church you might notice that the floor slopes towards the south side.
This building needs tender loving care to keep it weather-proof and functioning.
In 2011 we suffered the attentions of the gentlemen who clamber onto church roofs and steal the lead.
The scrap value of what they stole might have been a few hundred pounds. The damage they caused will cost around £30,000 by the time it has all been put right. And then there's the
problem of dealing with the issues which came to light when the repairs were undertaken.
No surprise then to learn that the church community is seeking to raise funds to repair and restore the church building, so that it can continue to serve the folk of Haydock. On this page we'll try to keep you
up to date regarding funds we managed to raise, what has been achieved in the way of repairs and restoration, and what work still remains to be done in the months and years ahead.
Works still to be done
We have prepared a list of work which requires addressing over the next few years, some of which work became apparent in the aftermath of the roof damage. Our initial budgetary estimates suggest
that the total cost of this work might be in the region of £90,000 - clearly we shall prioritise these tasks and schedule them as funds permit.
- Survey of the timber frame of the church
- Repairs to small timbers
- Remedial work on soffits and facias
- Replace the gutters and downspouts
- External painting and decorating
- Diagnostic survey of Parish Room roof
- Diagnostic survey of Boiler Room walls
- Comprehensive internal high level cleaning
- Interior Decoration of the Church Building
- Joinery tasks in Sanctuary area
- Remedial work on electrical wiring
- Lych Gate refurbishment
- Graveyard Paths - making good
- Brickwork over main door - making good
- Provision for replacing Heating Boiler
Lady Chapel Carpet
article posted 16 July 2014
Our beautiful Lady Chapel had become potentially dangerous - the wear on the carpet was such as to be a trip hazard for clergy and those who serve at the altar. Thanks to the devoted fund-raising by our Monday Afternoon Ladies' Social group we were able to commission a new carpet, installation of which began on Monday 14th July. You can see some photographs of the problems with the carpet and of its renewal by clicking
Timber Frame deterioration
article posted 14 July 2014
As you enter the church, you'll see some small yellow tags on the large wooden uprights each side of the door. Look more closely and you'll see
that these main timbers are very visibly deteriorating - fairly costly repairs are needed soon. For more photographs and details, please click
Recycle your phones
& printer cartridges
article posted 5 Dec 2013
Unwanted mobile phones, empty inkjet printer cartridges, or empty laser printer toner cartridges?
If you have any of these, please don't throw them away - recycle them! It helps the planet, and
could help us to repair our church buildings for the benefit of the Haydock community.
All you need do is drop them in the recycling box in church, or else send them to Recycle4Charity directly.
Visit their website to see how it's done - click
and you could help us find the funds we need.
Parish Room Roof
article posted 5 Aug 2013
The Parish Room, which we use so frequently and so often take for granted, has for safety's sake been closed until further notice.
We are worried about the condition of the rafters, and the fact that in places the roof is sagging. For more information and some
pictures of the problem, please click
A Sound Investment!
article posted 27 Jul 2013
For some time the church public address system had been giving problems. The loud interference (sounding like a demented chip pan sizzling for England!) which occurred
for several hours after switching the system on had led to the amplifier remaining switched on for days at a time. Also members of the congregation will have noticed
that when the Vicar is at the font conducting the Baptism service, the sound is likely to stutter and drop out several times. This seriously detracts from the significance
of this very important act of worship. Now we can report that both problems have been solved by the installation of a new radio microphone - tests revealed that the older of the
two radio microphone receivers was close to dying of old age. We replaced it, and these problems went away
Hearing Aid Loop
article posted 27 Jul 2013
One Sunday early in June the folk whose hearing aids relied on the inductive loop system to make the service audible became acutely aware that this system was no longer
working. Our intrepid sound engineer followed the cable into the dark recesses beneath the floorboards and found that the cable was severed. The way in which the system
had been installed no longer met modern requirements, so the decision was taken to install a completely new induction loop at just above head height for maximum effectiveness.
The black cable is almost impossible to see against the black timber frame of the building, so the technical triumph did not result in an aesthetic disaster! So now everyone can hear properly!
article posted 27 Jul 2013
A survey of the church's electrical wiring revealed some problems relating to the ageing of the fire-resistant cabling and the ingress of water vapour which impaired the effectiveness
of the electrical insulation. Remedial work has been carried out and those parts showing deterioration have been replaced or bypassed. Included in the repair work was wiring in the
Lady Chapel, the St Alban's Chapel and the Servers' Vestry. Much of this work was carried out unobtrusively with minimum disruption of the ongoing life of the church. So we are safe again!
Raising the Roof
article posted 23 Nov 2012
Since the roof was vandalised by the lead thieves in late summer 2011 the church community has put a lot of energy into fund-raising events to get the urgent repairs done. We are most grateful to
everyone who supported these events, and to the parishoners who worked so hard to make them happen. We are grateful also to the many individuals who made donations to help fund the much-needed
repairs and restoration work.
In just over twelve months, the staggering sum of £10,500 has been raised! Here in diagrammatic form is the way this money was raised.
Please click on the chart to see it more clearly.
Emergency repairs to make the roof weatherproof once again cost about £700 and a further £200 was spent on repairs to water-damaged electrical wiring and equipment.
Permanent repairs to the roof entailed amongst other things the total replacement of the roof over the entrance porch, leading to a cost of £6,600 for all that was done. But during the repairs to the electrical
wiring and equipment it became clear that a survey of all the electrical installation was necessary - the first phase of that cost a further £900.
Overall £8,400 has been spent on essential work.
article posted 8 Aug 2014
If you've walked past the church recently you'll have seen that things have been happening to the Lych Gate.
It had been in need of repair for some time, and you'll be glad to know that repairs are now progressing.
To read about this story of restoration and conservation, please click
article posted 10 Oct 2013
Now that the focus of our efforts has shifted to the essential work being done on the Parish Room Roof, it's easy to overlook the ongoing maintenance programme which is needed to keep the church buildings in good repair and looking great!
The PCC has been prioritising the other repairs which need doing, including gutters and downspouts, deterioration of vertical timbers in the building itself, repairs to the lych gate and to the Wood Pit Disaster memorial.
Phil Peplow has issued a bulletin outlining the current situation regarding exterior repairs - you can download it
Gutters and Downspouts
article posted 8Aug 2013
Not glamorous but necessary! Gutters and Downspouts are the bane of any churchwarden's life! If they are not getting clogged, then they are corroding and falling to bits.
Phil Peplow has issued a bulletin about the work to be done on these essential fittings - you can download it
article posted 2 Aug 2013
Most parishoners pausing on the church steps to chat to their friends have not been aware of loose brickwork above their heads. Movement in the timber frame of the building had
destabilised the brick infill just over the door. Now all is made safe again - the brickwork has been properly reinstated and soon the outer plaster will be restored.
Upgrade to the Lighting
article posted 27 Jul 2013
The kind of lights we have in church should last a thousand hours, but in the South Aisle the bulbs kept on blowing much more frequently than one would expect. A serious rewiring job seemed inevitable.
The PCC gave its approval for the trial of an new kind of low energy light bulb, based on LED technology. Six new light fittings have been installed at a cost of £840. If anything these are rather brighter than the tungsten-halogen
light bulbs they replaced. But LED light fittings use only one tenth of the electrical energy - 30W each rather than 300W each. And unlike conventional bulbs, these new fittings seemingly live for ever!
Their life expectancy is forty thousand hours. So now the sight of the Vicar scrambling up a long ladder to replace bulbs in the South Aisle is now (mercifully) a thing of the past!
Assuming these new fittings continue to provide reliable illumination, the next stage of the project would be to look into replacing the light fittings in the Nave (where the ladder is even longer!).
Tea Towels are here!
article posted 16 Nov 2012
At last! The long-awaited church tea towels are here! Printed in either dark blue or black, these real Lancashire cotton towels would enhance any washing line.
A real bargain at just £3.99 each. Available in church and at church events, all profits raised by the sale of these towels will go towards the repair and restoration of the church building. Buy one and help Raise the Roof!