A GRANT of £10,000 from Historic England will enable St George’s Church in Mossley to carry out urgent works and ensure the survival of the fabric of the building.The money will fund the fitting of new guttering systems to the north side of the church building to carry water away and reduce the damage done every time it rains.
Father David Warner said: “We are delighted to receive this grant and through it to be able to continue our urgent work to safeguard the fabric of St. George’s.
“We are in the process of writing a much larger bid for around £1.5million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable a new roof to be fitted, and much else that needs to be replaced.
“This is a big job but we are committed to ensuring the future of our much-loved church, which is so central a part of Mossley’s skyline and community.”
The church, a Grade II listed building which is on the national heritage ‘at risk’ register, was originally constructed in the late 1870s and listed as a heritage site in 1966.
This latest step in its renovation comes after new lights were fitted to the entrance in early February.
Historic England is a public body which helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate landmarks and receives most of their funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
In 2018-19, Historic England spent £106.5m during their campaign to protect historical buildings across the county.