Major Repairs Project for St. Peter’s – thanks to Generous Grants
In March 2019 we were awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of up to £121,500 towards the repairs of our church building and an associated programme of heritage engagement activities.
Since then we have also been given three supplementary grants for the project from the Garfield Weston Foundation (£10,000), Allchurches Trust (£3,500) and Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust (£1,000). We are very grateful for all these awards, as the project is now fully funded by these grants and some £20,000 of our St. Peter’s reserves.
These funds will enable much needed work to be carried out:
- replacing the rooves on the north aisle and vestry roofs;
- essential repairs to the tower stonework; and
- replacing the tower roof.
We received the formal “Permission to Start” approval from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in early April and practical work began just after Easter. Repairs to the tower will be undertaken first and those on the north aisle/vestry roofs will take place in July/August to minimise disruption to all users of the building.
The building will remain open throughout the work, but the area under the north aisle and vestry roofs will be partitioned off while the remedial work is being carried out. So it’s very much “business as usual” for our church life and activities.
As well as supporting this building repairs work, the National Lottery Heritage grant will also contribute to the funding of a heritage engagement programme, which will create new materials to tell the past and present story of our church. This is a great opportunity to reach out to our local community with the use of historical information, film and craft activities and we’ll be supported by local artists and experts in this work. The heritage materials will be developed in parallel with the building repair work and used in Open Church events in 2020.
A big thank you to all the organisations who have awarded us grants which will enable St. Peter’s to remain a centre for church and community activities for generations to come.