Pinchbeck: Guardian readers to the rescue

At the busy table top sale are (from left) Janet Pacey, Monica Goodman, Rev Tony Kinnersley, Maureen May, Edith Fell and Liz Styles.
At the busy table top sale are (from left) Janet Pacey, Monica Goodman, Rev Tony Kinnersley, Maureen May, Edith Fell and Liz Styles.

DELIGHTED parishioners will soon be able to attend services in Pinchbeck Baptist Church after Spalding Guardian readers joined the fundraising drive to repair its ‘dangerous’ ceiling.

The 1895 church closed to the public a month ago when a square metre chunk of the ceiling crashed down, hit the altar and shot plaster dust across the whole building.

Lumps of plaster fell on steps where minister the Rev Tony Kinnersley stands for services, but luckily the collapse happened overnight.

A week ago donations for the ceiling fund stood at £1,700 – and now it has surged by a massive £760.

A story in the Spalding Guardian last week prompted generous readers to help and Saturday’s table top sale in the church hall boosted the coffers by almost £300.

Minister’s wife Nancy Kinnersley said: “We have had some very generous donations and even some through the post from people who don’t actually belong to the church. It’s fantastic and we are very grateful.

“Thank you for your publicity – it has really, really helped.”

Mrs Kinnersley thanked all who supported the busy table top sale.

A builder has offered to replace the ceiling for £3,000 and work will start within days. Services are expected to resume in the church in early March.