LOTTERY chiefs have answered a church’s prayers by awarding it £56,000 to help protect the building’s crumbling stonework.
Holy Trinity Church, in Seaton Carew, has won the windfall towards its ambitious £150,000 restoration appeal.
The church is one of 77 across the country awarded more than £7.5m by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable urgent repairs to historic places of worship.
Holy Trinity, which dates back to the early 1800s, is in need of urgent attention after more than a century of being exposed to the elements.
It has now been put on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register.
The church launched the Wing and a Prayer restoration appeal last year to kick-start a series of fundraising initiatives.
Appeal co-ordinator Carol Cliffe said: “We are delighted by the award and are very lucky to have been given it.
“Our application has highlighted just what kind of state the church is in and the urgency of the work that needs doing.
“We are delighted to have the support of English Heritage.”
The lottery funding will be released in two stages, provided the church is able to match it.
An architect is now working with the church, in Crawford Street, to assess what work needs doing and come up with quotes.
Carole Souter, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Places of worship include some of England’s most historic buildings. They sit at the heart of our cities, towns and villages and continue to play a vital role within our communities today.
“With these grants, I am delighted we are able to continue supporting congregations across the country to safeguard these heritage treasures for future generations.”
It brings the restoration appeal’s total to around £80,000.
A book of the history of Seaton Carew by Julie Cordiner will also help the appeal and a concert and CD is also planned later in the year.
A Diamonds are Forever ball for the Diamond Jubilee held at the Staincliffe Hotel and a church cream tea raised almost £800 for the restoration fund.
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