“At the heart of the nation’s history and at the centre of local communities, churches and chapels are some of the UK's best loved local buildings. But their future is not guaranteed.”
He added: “Everyone can make a contribution to the future of the UK's church and chapel buildings. That could be by helping to clear drains and gutters to help keep churches watertight, volunteering to help out as a guide to show people the history and architecture of places of worship or keeping an eye out for vandals or thieves. “
“Churches and chapels may be historic buildings, but they can be part of our future, too.”
This generous grant brings us one step closer to our goal of repairing the Nave and South Aisle roofs and carrying out the urgent repairs to the Tower and Clerestory. Our final fundraising target of £258,000 is within sight and any help towards that goal would be gratefully received. We are still accepting Sponsor A Slate forms from individuals and/or businesses as we try to raise that last few thousand pounds.
Our project was not the only one to benefit - a total of 29 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland received the latest grants from the National Churches, the UK church repair and support charity. In our region Wilfrid’s Parish Church in South Kilvington, near Thirsk also received £10,000 to help fund urgent repairs. Their grant will be used to fund stabilising the east wall, which is moving out from the top, repairing the sanctuary roof and floor from water damage and replacing damaged roof tiles and rainwater fittings.
Photos of the churches benefitting from this latest round of grants can be found via this Flickr link.
The latest grant announcement concludes a year in which the UK's church repair and support charity has awarded or recommended funding of £2.2 million to help 177 churches, chapels and meeting houses.
About the National Churches Trust
The National Churches Trust is the leading national independent charity concerned with the protection and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the United Kingdom. We aim to:
a) Provide grants for the repair, maintenance and modernisation of church buildings
b) Act as a catalyst to improve and bring more resources to the management of church buildings
c) Promote the value of church buildings to the community at large
For more information visit www.nationalchurchestrust.org