Local churches given major cash boost for urgent roof repairs

27th March 2015

Five churches in South Yorkshire have been given a major boost with large cash awards totalling £346,000 which will allow them to make urgent and essential repairs to their roofs.

The funding has been distributed as part of the first round of the national Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.  In total, nearly 400 Church of England parishes have been successful in their applications, all of which were announced by Chancellor George Osborne yesterday.
Those churches benefiting in the Diocese of Sheffield are:

All Saints, Ecclesall - £65,200
Rotherham Minster - £95,000
Holy Trinity and St Oswald's, Finningley - £74,900
Christ Church, Pitsmoor - £37,700
St Thomas, Kimberworth - £73,900
On hearing the news Dr Julie Banham, Diocesan church buildings advisor said:

"I am absolutely delighted that, in a very competitive round which attracted 1900 applications, the Diocese of Sheffield has received funding for five of its churches.  Against so much competition this is a very welcome achievement.  We have an amazing array of churches in our area and I hope this will be a catalyst to encourage others in our locality to seek and apply for funding for their church buildings."

ChurchCare, the buildings division of the Church of England, welcomed the grants for 372 parish churches and said that this would make an “immeasurable” difference to local communities.
The total funding package for the first round of the scheme announced by the Treasury is £30 million, which will go to a total of 502 listed places of worship, with Church of England parishes receiving just over £19 million.

Extra funding announced in last week’s Budget will enable a second round of grants to be awarded next year to the value of an additional £25 million.
Around 12,000 of the Church of England’s 16,000 parish churches are listed and 806 of these were included on the 2014 Heritage at Risk Register prepared by English Heritage. This highlighted the impact of leaks from roofs as the principal cause of decay in historic churches.

Notes to editors

  1. The full national release from the Church of England can be found here.
  2. The Diocese of Sheffield was founded as a Church of England Diocese in 1914. The population of the Diocese is over 1.2 million people across the metropolitan centres of Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster covering an area of 576 square miles across South Yorkshire and East Riding.  For more information, visit www.sheffield.anglican.org

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