St Buryan Church worshippers soaked in holy water as roof is blessed by bishop
A CHURCH has been put within touching distance of a fundraising target for a new roof thanks to an anonymous donation of £8,000.
The congregation at St Buryan Church gathered last week to see the Bishop of Truro bless the new roof.
And it was revealed that just a week earlier, an anonymous donor provided £8,000 towards the church's goal of £360,000.
The unknown donor is believed to have been a visitor to the village.
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He is said to have inquired in the local post office about how much was still needed and asked for details. A while later, the sum appeared in the charity's bank account.
"It's an unexpected donation," said fundraising co-ordinator Professor Colin Roberts. "We are trying to trace him to thank him. It was a big surprise."
At the blessing event, the village welcomed the Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, who climbed up 55 stone steps accompanied by Professor Roberts before baptising the renovated structure.
He then went back into the church hall to continue the celebrations, which also included a more regular baptism of people who had been prepared for the sacrament by the retired Reverend David Woods.
Professor Roberts said the bishop proceeded to "baptise the candidates for confirmation – liberally soaking them and other bystanders with water from the font".
"He splashed them with gay abandon," said the professor. "It was very good."
The bishop then thanked all those who had "been instrumental in raising the money" and recognised guests of a number of organisations who had donated. Cornwall's most senior Church of England clergyman later heralded the day as "a new beginning for the church".
Professor Roberts said it was full to capacity, with around 200 people, and included a priest who had travelled from Guildford and a couple who had journeyed down all the way from Blackpool.
He added that there is still some work left to do but said it is final stages.
The project will hopefully keep the structure sound for the next 200 years – one for every attendee on Sunday.
The last time any extensive maintenance was carried out at St Buryan was in the early 1800s.
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