Monday, 24 February 2014

St Laurence has some good news

I'm delighted to carry some excellent news from St Laurence Church - what follows is their press release:

Frodsham Parish Church wins Heritage Lottery Fund support for major repairs

The clergy team, Parochial Church Council and the people of St Laurence Church, Frodsham are expressing delight that their church has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The Church is the focal point of the town, and is visited by thousands of people each year in addition to 120 regular worshippers.

The grant comes in two stages - a development grant of £16,000 - and if that first phase is deemed satisfactory the church will receive a further grant of £177,000 to deliver the whole project.  Overall there will be essential conservation repair work to the roof, rainwater goods and masonry.  In addition to the work on the building, the church will deliver a programme of learning resources and cultural activities to engage a wide range of people with significant heritage of one of the oldest church in the north west.

The Revd. Kath Williamson, Chair of St Laurence Repair Fund said: 'We are absolutely delighted with this outcome and are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generous support.  We are looking forward to progressing our plans to maintain the fabric of our historic church buildings to allow its wider use and further benefit to the local community.'

St Laurence Church is a Grade I listed building.  The original church was mentioned in the Domesday Book. The current building was built in 1170 and is probably the oldest building in Frodsham, still retaining significant features of the original Norman architecture.  Its last major structural work was in 1885.

The church is a genuine focal point for the community and is already used for concerts, theatrical productions and special artistic exhibits - in addition to services of Christian worship, baptism, weddings and funerals.  The church is kept open every day for visitors and is well used by architectural historians; those seeking quiet contemplation; and people tracing genealogy.  This heritage aspects of such an important building will feature strongly and be developed further within the project being so generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Congratulations to everyone involved with the HLF bid and to everyone involved in fund raising and giving.