Two churches get grants from National Churches Trust

Thirty places of worship are to receive a share of grants totalling £546,000 from the National Churches Trust including two in our diocese.

The grants will pay for repairs to stonework, architectural features, stolen lead roofing and improving facilities for greater community use.

Churches in our diocese receiving grants include


St James, Heckmondwike - £10,000.

St James, Heckmondwike

A Grade II listed building constructed between 1830-31. The church and especially the spire form a dominant landmark. The Lady Chapel windows are by Burne-Jones.

The church works hard to build new links with the local community and is planning to re-order the internal space to allow greater community use.

Awarded a grant of £10,000 to help deal with major problems with the spire, the top of which is currently strapped to prevent the risk of collapse.



St Giles, Pontefract - £10,000

St Giles, Pontefract

A Grade II* church situated within the Pontefract town centre conservation area, with a unique octagonal tower housing a peal of ten bells. The pillars and arches in the chancel on the north side are of Bethersden marble, possibly carved by the same masons as those who worked on Canterbury Cathedral.

Often described as ‘the church at the heart of the town’, St Giles’ has embarked on major internal alterations to encourage greater community use.

Awarded a grant of £10,000 to help with repairs to external masonry, roof drainage and glazing repairs and internal plaster finishes and paneling.


The latest grant allocations come as the National Churches Trust celebrates its fifth anniversary. Since June 2007, the Trust has provided grants of over £8 million to almost 900 places of worship in the UK.

More information on the National Churches Trust website.

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