A CASH-STRAPPED church plagued by vandals is hoping the community will rally round on Saturday when members hold a garden party and fun day.
Holy Trinity Church in Castle needs to fill its coffers after vandals wrecked a lift it recently installed for the disabled.
The equipment is insured but the church has agreed to provide a protective cover, which could be very costly.
'It is going to cost the church as much as £2,000 to install this mesh cover which is money we can ill afford,' said deputy church warden Steve Lovatt.
'People have already been very supportive, several have sent us donations, but obviously we need a lot more.'
Admission is 50p for adults, children free, and the event will be opened at 2pm by 93-year-old Myra Ratcliffe, a member of the Holy Socks Walking Group and the church's oldest member. There will be stalls and sideshows, children's games, cream teas and strawberries and ice-cream.