Pastoral Notes 3rd December, 2017

In this parish we have seven buildings to maintain, the four churches, the halls at Desborough and Kettering and the Presbytery and Parish office in The Grove. During the last few months the Diocese Surveyor has been carrying out a “Quinquennial Review” of all properties, and this has brought to light many repairs that need making in the near future. The flat roofs of St Edward’s Church, which have been regularly repaired over the years now need major work and urgent work is required at Desborough and Burton Latimer. The parish property manager and the Finance Committee are considering these reports as a matter of urgency and at first sight we will need much fundraising and economising elsewhere over the next few years. We are very grateful for the generous donations to the Church Maintenance Fund over the last few months, including last week’s gifts mentioned elsewhere. People attending St Edward’s will see that the font area has been reopened following the temporary repair to the roof. Plastering and redecorating will need doing as soon as practical.