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  • Roby Mill church crucifix is restored

    Henry James

    STAFF and clients at charity organisation, Midstream West Lancs Ltd, have been restoring the crucifix in Roby Mill.

    Project manager, Martin Tomlinson at Midstream, which provides work experience for adults with additional needs and learning difficulties, has worked on the project along with staff members Chrissy Clarke, Ben Pendleton and Phil Biggs.

    Work was undertaken to remake the cross out of oak. Midstream’s clients then helped to reconstruct the base of the cross out of stone, as well as assisting to clean the cast iron figure of Jesus, which was then repainted.

    Staff researched how to have a good and lasting finish in an act of thorough preparation, applying various coats of paint and then applying a weather proof varnish. The project was approached respectfully by both staff and clients.

    Midstream’s customer, The Sons of Divine Providence (Orione Care) looked forward, with excitement to the return of the crucifix and neighbours were pleased to see it back in place. The crucifix, adjacent to Roby Mill School, has been a landmark for many years and now it will be for many more. When Father Stephen Beale visited the Midstream workshop, he expressed his gratitude to Midstream staff and clients and added: “The Midstream clients put much effort into this project and they have achieved a high standard of work.

    “This will be another place for the Cardinal Heenan residents to visit in good weather and the school children will benefit too.” Midstream clients have a long standing rapport with Don Orione Centre through grounds maintenance.

    The Midstream college students and tutors have visited Cardinal Heenan House residents for the last three years, getting to know them and clearing tables in the dining room, as well as preparing and serving afternoon tea and coffee as part of their social skills training.

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