St Paul's Shaw - Building Problems

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Following a condition survey on our historic building it has been identified that there are significant issues which compromise the safety of those using the building. The result of this is that it has been necessary to close the building for all public access and all events, meetings and acts of worship are cancelled with immediate effect.

Further investigations did take place on Thursday 17 January 2019. The roof of the old chapel was found to be in a perilous state with little of the original timber structure being in place. The stonework of the old chapel was seen to be sagging in a number of places. The front of the old chapel is seen to be moving out from the rest of the building and also falling in on itself. In the former school, which is our present place of worship, inspection of the roof structure revealed a significant outcrop of dry rot which renders the roof structure unstable. That instability is showing itself in the sagging of the roof above the archway of the sanctuary. There is also significant dry rot on the fire escape staircase which renders that escape route unusable. The surveyor will return again with a structural engineer who will advise how to make the building safe whilst we discuss our next move forward. A written report will be produced for our consideration.

Please recognise that there shall be no events taking place in St Paul's Methodist Church.

Rainbows/Brownies/Guides shall meet at Shaw & Heyside United Reformed Church at their usual times

The Ladies Fellowship shall meet at St Andrew's Methodist Church at their usual times.

All services will be shared with Shaw and Heyside United Reformed Church at their building on Rochdale Road, Shaw. Services begin at 10.45am

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