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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Donate-a-Slate coffee morning at Railway Street Presbyterian Church

Betty Bowman (left) is pictured buying a slate from David Kime (right) for the recently completed new roof of Railway Street Presbyterian Church. The photo was taken at a Donate-a-Slate Coffee Morning in Railway Street last Saturday morning. L to R: (seated) Betty Bowman, May Griffin, Gordon Lindsay and David Kime. (standing) Elizabeth Bridgett, Elizabeth Menown, Len Murray, Carolyn Gowdy, Jean Murray, Norma Coggins and Edith McConnell.

Work on the re-roofing of Railway Street Presbyterian Church commenced on Thursday 27th July and after just eight weeks work, the job will be complete this weekend (Friday 22nd September).  While members of the congregation were not able to clamber onto the roof to assist with the work, they will be able to help by contributing towards the cost of the 4,570 slates used to do the job.  The church’s fundraising team provided the opportunity to donate £5 towards the cost of each slate at a ‘Donate-a-Slate Coffee Morning’ held in the Minor Hall, Railway Street Presbyterian Church on Saturday 30th September from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon.

During the course of a busy Saturday morning shopping, many people popped in and enjoyed free scones and coffee making a donation towards as many slates as they wished and signed their name against the slates they have helped to put on the roof.

Over the next few months there will be further opportunities for church members to donate at coffee time following the morning services and the fundraising team is hoping that it won’t be too long before there are names against all 4,570 slates.


This photo taken on Monday 18th September shows work almost complete on the re-roofing of Railway Street Presbyterian Church.  L to R:  (standing) Brian Patterson - Convenor of the Propery Committee, Dennis McClure - Consultant, William Tease - Maintenance Committee, Robin Coulter - Church Sectetary and Len Murray - Fund Raising team leader.  Also included are Gordon Penrose - Managing Director, Trevor Cole, Thomas Hammond and Jamie Adams from Penrose Roofing Contractors and Judith Hamilton from Knox and Markwell Architects.

This photo taken on Friday 18th August shows work well underway on the re-roofing of Railway Street Presbyterian Church.  Pictured L to R are: Dennis McClure- Consultant, William Tease - Maintenance Committee, Brian Patterson - Convenor of the Propery Committee and Robin Coulter - Church Sectetary.