After 13 months, Cloverdale United Church is finally getting a new cross for its steeple.
The cross after the first windstorm loosened it last year. Karyn Stich / Facebook
In March 2016, a windstorm loosened the old wooden cross on top of the heritage building. Before church members had a chance to tighten it, another windstorm blew it completely off the building.
The cross fell down the side of the building, damaging the eaves on the roof, and broke when it hit the ground.
Originally, church council member Roger Saunders said, the Cloverdale United Church wanted to wait to replace the steeple so they could upgrade parts of the church. However, because the church is protected under heritage status, it might not have been possible to do those upgrades.
Now, more than a year later, a cross is going back on. Unlike the original cross, this one is metal and “we’re hoping it will last longer,” Saunders said.
The project cost around $6,800. Most of that was covered by the church’s insurance.
Workers examine the top of the steeple. Grace Kennedy