£340,000 boost for Cumbrian churches’ roof repairs

Seven churches in the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – are to share £340,000 from a national roof repair fund.

The money is part of a wider funding package of £22.9 million to 401 historic places of worship across the UK, announced today through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.

Those Anglican churches to benefit in Cumbria are:

• St John’s Workington - £100,000 which will fund nearly 60% of work to replace the south facing half of the church roof, replacing timber where necessary,
• St Mungo’s Dearham - £91,200 for repairs to valley gutters, re-slating north aisle roof and repairs to tower roof,
• Holy Trinity Kendal - £53,700 to fund repairs to the porch roof over the main entrance which has been badly damaged due to water ingress,
• St Thomas a Becket’s Farlam - £41,800 to repair the church bell cot and renew the north and south nave roofs,
• St Peter’s Great Asby - £24,500 to fund new guttering, down spouts and lead flashing to keep water away from the fabric of the building,
• St Andrew’s Aikton - £18,600 to fund repairs to the roof above the chancel and vestry,
• All Saint’s Underbarrow - £10,000 to pay for new rainwater goods.

The seven are among 26 historic places of worship in the North West to benefit from a share of £1,751,500 regionally.

Confirmation of the funding has been welcomed by all those recipients in the diocese.

The Rev'd Canon Professor Robert Hannaford in front of St John's, Workington“I’m delighted that the application has been successful,” said the Rev’d Canon Professor Robert Hannaford, Priest-in-Charge of St John’s Workington.

“This will fund 59% of the work with the PCC putting in a further £10,000 from church funds. This leaves us with £30,000 still to fund raise. The building has suffered water ingress, particularly in recent storms, and there are times when we have had eight buckets out to catch the water which is coming through.”

The Rev’d Canon Mary Day, vicar of Allonby, Cross Canonby and Dearham, said: “I’m thrilled and very grateful to our curate Jenny Bate who dealt with so much of the paperwork for this bid as well as the members of our building committee.”

The Rev’d Rob Saner Haigh, Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity Kendal also welcomed news that they will benefit by nearly £54,000, adding: “It will allow us to make all the necessary repairs to this significant and ancient building and so concentrate our resources on mission and ministry as we move forward.”

Nationally places of worship are receiving between £10,000 to £100,000 to meet the costs of urgent repairs to roofs and rainwater disposal systems. Money is also being provided for structural investigations; specialist reports and bat surveys.

Today’s grants have been awarded through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. The fund was launched by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement in December 2014 and the funding package has now seen a total of 903 places of worship across the UK receive a share of £55million.

The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

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Notes to editors
A full list of awards can be found at www.gov.uk/dcms or www.lpowroof.org.uk


For further information contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.