WORK on the newly retored Garrison Parish Church is almost complete.
The last six months has seen the Church of Ireland church undergo a major facelift that has included the re-pointing of the tower, as well as the re-hanging of the tower bell.
The building as it is now, has existed since 1827.
“In a small community especially, I think it’s very important,” a spokesman told the Fermanagh Herald.
“No major work has been done on the building outside. It’s an historical building, and being a rural area it’s been really significant or us being able to do it.”
Other work to the building included the complete replacement of the vestry and the exterior of the walls o the church were re-plastered with lime mortar. The roof slates were all replaced on the main roof, and guttering and downpipes were also replaced and attention given to drainage and outside paths.
“There’s been a brilliant response,” the spokesman continued.
“Reverend Ngozi Njoku has only been here a couple of months back and she has made a tremendous change as well in getting people out to church. The local community has been a great support.”
The contractor is Terry McGovern, of McGovern Restoration, Enniskillen, and Lorraine offered additional thanks to the overseeing architect Colin Bell, a conservation architect from Sligo.
A fund-raising concert will take place on Friday November 8 at the Gilaroo Centre in Garrison with country musician Anthony McBrien. Doors open at 9.30pm, and tickets are £10 including supper.
When the internal works are finally competed the church and donated gifts will be re-dedicated by the bishop of Clogher RT Rev John McDowell, on Sunday March 23 2014.
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