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Lindum Plant team help save church altar

Posted Wednesday 8th November 2017

A marble church altar which could have ended up on the scrap heap has been rescued and relocated in Market Rasen – thanks to the ingenuity of Lindum Plant staff.

The two metre-long structure, which weighs more than 600kg, has been saved from the Church of Saint Pius X in Grimsby, which closed in November 2016 following a reorganisation of catholic churches in the area

It is now sitting in pride of place in the gardens at Holy Rood Church on King Street in Market Rasen, where it will form a centre piece for the church’s outdoor worship sessions, including its regular Corpus Christi Processions.

It could also pave the way for a new cremate garden at the church or possibly an outside space for reflection or prayer.

The altar was brought 19 miles down the A46 from Grimsby to Lincolnshire by a team from Lindum Plant, who are part of the Lindum Group. They used a variety of equipment more commonly found on building sites to lift and transport the structure.

Tom Robertson, Lindum Plant Director, said: “When I first visited the Grimsby church, I honestly wondered how we would get the altar out, particularly given the lay out of the building and the fact we had to navigate a number of steps.

“But with the help of our Joinery colleagues and the resourceful thinking of the team here, we’ve managed to successfully bring the altar back to Lincolnshire.

“We carefully removed some of the bricks to form holes underneath the altar, which we could then slide a pallet truck into, before gently transporting the altar down the steps using makeshift ramps, which were fashioned out of materials from our Joinery department.

“The altar was loaded onto a hi-ab lorry (which is a crane mounted on a lorry) and driven to its new home, where we carefully unloaded it and put it into place.

“It is one of the many special projects the team has been involved in. It is very satisfying to see it in situ at the church.”

Father Robert, from Holy Rood Church in Market Rasen, said he was very grateful to the Lindum team for their efforts.

“When we heard about the altar in Grimsby, we thought it would be a huge shame to see it destroyed. I contacted the team at Lindum to see if they could help as they have previously worked with us on a few projects at the church.

“We have a large expanse of lawn at the back and in the summer we like to hold events out there, such as the Corpus Christi Procession.

“We thought the altar would be a great addition to that.

“We are also looking into the possibility of creating a cremate garden or a garden for reflection or prayer.

“The altar looks great here and I’m glad that, with the help of Lindum, we could save it.”