For several months now the Parish Council has been discussing the problems with the conditions of the roof in St. Stephen’s Church, Maghera. At last September’s meeting it was agreed that we should look further into getting the roof repaired and how the Parish will go about paying for the same. The cost to repair the roof is €50,791.25. Having studied the financial accounts of the Parish we estimate that there will be a shortfall of approximately €20,000. At last Wednesday evening’s combined meeting of the Pastoral & Parish Councils it was unanimously agreed that the works go ahead. The next step is to apply for permission from the Diocesan Trust to agree that these works be carried out. We will keep you updated regularly regarding this Parish Project as we await a response to our application.