Friday 28 July 2017

Daredevil duo climb aboard cherry picker to spruce up church in Caerphilly

The church hired the mini cherry picker to clean the windows and by carrying out the work themselves they were able to keep costs down
The church hired the mini cherry picker to clean the windows and by carrying out the work themselves they were able to keep costs down

A pair of daredevil women have taken a ride in a mini cherry picker to brush away a church's cobwebs.

Barbara Turner and Allyson Hanks volunteered to carry out the high-powered dusting job at St Martin's Church in Caerphilly, South Wales.

The church hired the mini cherry picker to clean the windows and by carrying out the work themselves they were able to keep costs down.

"Many people thought we were mad, but I had already been up in a cherry picker to view the tiles on the church roof. The views of Caerphilly and the churchyard were amazing," said Mrs Turner.

"Before we boarded the work platform with our brushes and feather dusters, we were issued with eye protection glasses and dust masks and given safety instructions such as not leaning over the side.

"We needed to take great care of the windows as they were so old, so only light dusting was done.

"The sills below were thick with years of dust so brushes were needed. We went up and down cleaning each pair of windows with the operator moving the machine and Allyson manoeuvring us up and down.

"We also dusted the walls and arches. The next day another team of volunteers arrived to clean the floors and furniture, replace the pews and chairs and polish and buff the floors.

"It was great to have so many people working together to get all the jobs done."

Mrs Turner added: "What a privilege it was to have been the first people to reach this height in the church in decades and to enjoy a fantastic bird's eye view of the church."

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