We are delighted to announce that the All Saints Roof Repair Project has been awarded a £10,000 Repair Grant from the National Churches Trust. This was our second application to the NCT for this project and we are immensely grateful to them for considering us again and deciding to award us a grant.Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, vice-president of the National Churches Trust said: “This funding will help ensure that this beautiful Yorkshire church continues to serve local people for many years to come.”
“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.
All Saints Roof Repair Project Team.