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The Captain’s Table (12 November 2017)
It’s been a very busy week. We had a very beautiful Forty hours. Sincere thanks to all who prepared the Church; sold the candles; kept Jesus company; replaced the flowers and tidied up afterwards. I would also like to thank Alec and Janette for preparing the hall for the Anointing of the Sick. They also arranged a cup of tea afterwards with the help of the Mini Vinnies from St Thomas’s primary school who also helped serve the tea with some of their teachers who very kindly made time to be with us.
Please remember in your prayers on Monday night at 7?pm the children of St Thomas and Our Lady of Peace primary schools as we welcome Archbishop Tartaglia who will confirm the Primary 7 classes on Monday night here in St Thomas’s. I am very grateful to Mark O’Neill and the East End Deanery choir who will be supporting the liturgy with their music. I am sure that they will make the children centre stage.
Health & Safety
We have been asked to undertake a Health & Safety assessment on all our buildings and practices, we are required to do this by law, there are a number of issues that we will have to deal with in the next year or two. Consafe10 Consultancy have given us a Property Condition Report, free of charge, this is usually £500. For the most part we are in pretty good shape, however there are significant areas which need attention. They have a recommended a program of works to be completed over the next five years. There is a copy of the report available at the back of the Church.
We are required to fit a new door in the ground floor of the Presbytery. The existing door is neither air tight nor water tight and is a concern on a number of levels.
I have asked an electrical engineer to move the heating control panels which are currently on the walls of both halls and relocate them to the boiler room which will have a new lock and access point. I also plan to put a door that will separate the large hall and small hall. This will enable us to create two places where people can meet separately and in privacy and also prevent any potential miss-use. I am also currently working on new guidelines for the hiring of both halls that will specifically clarify what the hire covers and what it doesn’t cover. Hopefully this will allow the hall to be used more efficiently and effectively. This will also mean that each Hall will be hired at a specific hourly rate.
You may have noticed the improved lighting around the Hall. We recently changed the sodium lighting around the Hall to LED lights. The running cost for the new lights is £47 per annum. The previous lights were over £300. In the long term I would like to change all the lighting to LED in the Church, the Hall and eventually the house. This will literally save us thousands.
Can I suggest that we close the church after weekday Masses until we have CCTV fitted? There has been two churches broken into recently in Glasgow, both of which have been left open during the day (until now…) I am anxious that we are an accident waiting to happen. However, if you are uncomfortable with this idea, let me know and we will leave it alone. But I do worry that the church is vulnerable.
I am aware that last week was the 40 Hours and I never got your feedback on the earlier Mass suggestion. I will be around after Mass this weekend for your thoughts.
Reigart Industrial Engineers have given us a quote for the removal of the asbestos, the pumping out of the water and tanking of the basement for £20,000. First of all we don’t have £20,000 and secondly it’s a ridculous price. Once the water has been pumped out and the slugs and bugs removed and the industrial dehumidifiers have done their job, the walls will be treated with a fungicide and other cleansing potions. Our much cheaper option will then be to brick up the basement. This will cost around £5000 and will include the gutters, the repairing of the roughcasting and one or two other minor jobs (this work will be carried out by a local contracter who happens to be a parishioner).
ConSafe10 consultancy are in the process of creating a plan of works that will enable us to move forward with a plan of action for the next five years. Once their findings are completed, I will leave a copy at the back of the Church. This consultancy normally costs around £500, we will have it for free.