Parish receives funding boost for roof repair project

Saturday 29th June 2024

A parish community in our diocese has fresh reasons to hope, thanks to a funding boost received from the National Churches Trust to help address urgent roofing problems in their church building.

The future of St Thomas More church in Alkrington, Manchester was uncertain due to problems with its sacristy roof which meant further patch repairs were no longer possible and the church could be unsafe for the congregation.

Thankfully, a grant received from the National Churches Trust will now enable the church to repair the roof and replace the window frames within the sacristy, making it watertight, weatherproof and safe to use again.

The new insulated roof will also help the church on its journey to Net Zero by reducing energy bills.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Salford, speaking on behalf of St Thomas More church, said: “We were delighted and so grateful when we were awarded such a fantastic sum from the National Churches Trust.

“The funding helps us secure the building and allows us to continue to welcome parishioners and visitors to our fantastic parish, ensuring the church remains a much-loved and active part of the Alkrington community for generations to come.”

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust which helps hundreds of churches in the UK, said:

“The National Churches Trust is excited to be able to support St Thomas More church to enable them to carry out urgent roof repairs to their building. Not only will this protect this important heritage, but it will help to keep the church building open and serving local people.”

“Whether seeking quiet reflection, access to community services or a place to worship, the National Churches Trust helps hundreds of churches each year and with the support of local people, keeps them thriving today and tomorrow.”

St Thomas More church is a hub for the community, with groups such as Brownies, Parent and Toddler groups, Beavers, craft circles, an over 60s club and a drama society making use of the space.

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