VOLUNTEERS are being urged to come forward to help redecorate a church ahead of centenary celebrations.
The foundation stone of St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Saltney was laid 100 years ago and the church is keen to look its best for a series of events planned to mark the occasion.
Celebrations will start on May 24 when the Bishop of Wrexham, the Rt Rev Peter Brignall, will take Holy Mass with guests, including former priests who served at St Anthony’s as well as past headteachers and teachers from St Anthony’s Primary School.
A new parish banner is being made and events are planned for every month of the year.
Highlights include a parish barbecue in June, a strawberry tea in July, a fair in November and a carol service in December.
And events continue until May 23, 2015 when the bishop will return to close the special year.
Kenyan parish priest Father Kefa Oyagi Nyakundi has a small team of parishioners hard at work in preparation for the busy times ahead. There have already been donations of materials but further funds are needed to help pay for paint and cleaning materials as well as scaffolding to reach the highest parts of the ceiling.
A St Patrick’s Day Ceilidh is being held next month to help boost the appeal but volunteer Veronica Fox said any other help would be extremely welcome.
“The gardens need tidying up, the heating needs to be serviced and in good working order and there’s still some general cleaning and polishing to be done,” she said.
The church is on a particular look-out for an artist to help bring a key piece of artwork back to its former glory.
A two to three foot wide image of the Holy Spirit painted at least 30 years ago by a nun is in need of retouching but volunteers are afraid of damaging it.
“It’s a lovely picture,” said Mrs Fox, ”but it would be a specialist job to repaint it and we don’t have any specialist painters.
“Anyone who can help would be welcomed,” she added.
Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Mrs Fox on 01244 535132/07799 008335 or email email@example.com.
The Ceilidh takes place at the Saltney Tavern on Saturday, March 15. Admission is £5.