New Brighton church grant support

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The restoration of St James’ church New Brighton has received another huge boost with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £220,300 to implement the church’s plans for stonework repairs and curing damp penetration. The news follows the restoration of the church’s landmark spire, which was completed in 2016, also with the assistance of a £250,000 Lottery grant.

This new grant will make safe much of the tower stonework, which has deteriorated badly over the years.  The possibility of falling masonry has resulted in the area around the base of the tower being fenced off to eliminate risk to the public.  The grant will also contribute to the cost of new guttering and roofing at the east end of the church where chronic damp penetration has been a problem for years.  The dampness has led to the decay of some historic wall paintings which are one of the glories of St James’ church.

Revd Heather Atkinson, the church’s vicar, said “We are delighted to have been awarded this latest grant, and are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The work will start in early February and should take about six months to complete.  Once the dampness has gone and the walls have dried out it will give us the chance to start work conserving the glorious wall paintings.”

The grant will cover about half of the cost of the project; the rest is being raised through a continuation of the parishioners’ fundraising programme which was so successful in helping meet the costs of the spire restoration.

 

 

One of the church’s historic murals which should eventually be saved.