A CHURCH is preparing to invite bids from construction firms as a £150,000 restoration project gathers pace.
Holy Trinity Church in Seaton Carew has been busy fundraising for almost two years to replace crumbling brickwork after decades of being exposed to the elements.
Project leaders are getting ready to go out to tender soon.
The church is also trying to raise the thousands it needs by March so English Heritage will give them £48,000 towards the project it has promised in principal.
Last year, English Heritage gave the church £8,000 for technical inspections and wildlife surveys of the historic building.
Carol Cliffe, co-ordinator of the Wing and a Prayer appeal, said: “We are ready to put the tenders out for the work and get some formal quotes for the work in.
“As long as we can find the remainder of the funding English Heritage will release £48,000 which will enable us to pus ahead with the work.
“In terms of fundraising we’re quite close.
“We are not quite where we need to be not we are not too far off and the outlook is looking quite positive.
“We still need to make quite a big effort for the final push to male sure we have all the money in place so that we can get the grant from English Heritage and go ahead.”
Holy Trinity dates back to the early 1800s and is on English Heritage register of buildings at risk.
A book by parishioner Julie Cordiner on the history of Seaton Carew and the church has raised around £1,500 for the fund.
The church choir is also planning to record a CD at The Studio, and people will be asked to pledge their support for individual bricks that need replacing.
Holy Trinity 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.