Trowbridge rector’s book will help fix leaky hall roof

Wiltshire Times: From left, top, Jean Newman, Di Barnett, Anne Coates, Ann Morland, Pippa Smith; below, Norman Swanney and Ann Berry in the leaking hall From left, top, Jean Newman, Di Barnett, Anne Coates, Ann Morland, Pippa Smith; below, Norman Swanney and Ann Berry in the leaking hall

A retired Trowbridge rector has released a book of reflections to help fund roof repairs at St John’s Church Hall in Upper Studley.

Canon Christopher Brown, 69, was rector at St James’ Church, Trow- bridge from 1988 to 2009. During a sabbatical in 2002, he wrote down some thoughts, now produced in a booklet called A Time to Laugh – Reflections, recollections and laughter.

The church hall roof started leaking in January. Fundraising for the £25-30,000 repairs started immediately.

Canon Brown’s effort has realised £150 so far. The fundraising was boosted this week with a £10,000 grant from The Hills Group through the Landfill Communities Fund. He will sell and sign copies of his booklet from 11am at St John’s on Sunday.

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