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PRAYER ANSWERED: Historic church finds a good Samaritan

AFTER a distressing series of vandal attacks and break-ins at Our Lady of Reconciliation church, on Eldon Street, in 2019, the Grade II listed building has now been fitted with a large set of gates to secure the premises against future intruders.

 

The gates have been custom made and were donated by property development company, BCEGI, who are the main contractor on The Lexington development, currently being built on Princes Dock.

The company learned that their employee, Brian Jones, who is a member of the local Vauxhall parish, had been going into the church each evening after work to try to repair the damage – and BCEG finance director Gary Bradwell offered the company’s support.

“Brian works for us, this is part of his parish. My history is part of the parish, too, as I’m also from the area,” Gary told Scottie Press.

“We’d seen what had happened with the vandalism and the break-ins, and there was clearly a need for some help.”

Gary also praised BCEGs subcontractor, Shawton Engineering, for their support on the project.

“They do a lot of our metalwork and Jamie Shawton – whose dad originally set up the company – got heavily involved in designing and manufacturing the gates,” he added.

Priest Father Richard said the parish is “delighted with the gates”  which have “made the church more secure.” He also thanked everyone involved for “going the extra mile”.

The made to measure, ornate gates have been designed to fit in with the church’s historic architecture.