The Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud, this morning led a service of blessing for the newly installed church roof at St Michael’s Tilehurst.
The church roof, which was identified as needing substantial restoration work at the commencement of Rector John Rogers’ incumbency at St Michael’s six years ago, is now a stunning tone of terracotta and russet, thanks to the immaculate work carried out by Swindon-based company, JG Restoration.
It is understood that the church tiles are hand-cast from Poland, and the whole project has amounted to over £170,000.
Speaking from atop the scaffolding to address the gathered congregation, the Bishop said: “My thanks go to everyone who has worked so hard on this project, the contractors for painstakingly agreeing to do all of this, the volunteers who, for over six years have been raising the monies needed to do this work, and for everyone in coming here today as we bless this new roof.”
St Michael’s Church, on New Hill Lane, has this year celebrated the 825th anniversary of a place of religious worship being on the church site.
No doubt parishioners and clergy alike hope that the new roof will last for another eight centuries and more!