Pillaton Church being hit by lightning unites the community
A COMMUNITY has united in an attempt to repair a church badly damaged by lightning.
Pillaton Church, Saltash, was left with holes in its roof after the lightning strike.
During storms on January 21, lightning struck the bell tower and exploded one of the turrets, scattering rubble into the churchyard and smashing a bench outside the 12th Century pub next door, The Weary Friar.
A meeting held at the pub attracted more than 60 people who were keen to help repair the church and bring it back to the centre of the community.
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Tony Rowe, chairman of the fabric committee at Pillaton Church, said: "The room was full to overflowing. There were more than 60 people there which is brilliant when you think that we're a parish of only around 100 houses. All ages were represented too, from people in their 20s to people in their 90s."
The meeting was led by church warden Richard Lowther and attended by Canon Andrew Wilson.
Mr Rowe said: "It was agreed that the church only being used once a fortnight is unacceptable. We discussed what we wanted and how we're going to raise the money and lots of people volunteered to do things.
"Bishop Tim Thornton even offered Truro Cathedral Choir for a fundraising concert.
"The changes discussed include installing LED lighting, making the pews removable so it is a more flexible space, installing a new organ and a toilet."