Parishioners to raise the roof with £85k grant

Celebrating the �88,000 Heritage Lottery Grant for work on St Michael and All Angels Church, Cornholme.'From the left, Reverend John Flood, Alison Elliott, Winifred Rogers and church warden Meryll Mycock.
Celebrating the �88,000 Heritage Lottery Grant for work on St Michael and All Angels Church, Cornholme.'From the left, Reverend John Flood, Alison Elliott, Winifred Rogers and church warden Meryll Mycock.

Parishioners are celebrating after receiving an £85,000 Heritage Lottery grant to help secure the future of their church.

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Burnley Road, Cornholme, successfully bid for funding to carry out work on the steeple and the roof.

Church warden Harvey Levene said: “We are delighted to get this grant.

“It should be a long term boost for us.”

The programme of repairs will be split into two phases.

The first will involve exploratory work on the church steeple, which is scheduled to start next month.

This will be followed by removal of the current roof and rotting timber, which will be replaced with a new structure.

Phase two will also involve re-roofing the vestry, which is in a poor state of repair.

“We will be doing our best to get it done as quickly as possible,” Harvey said.

“It’s an important building, in gothic style and a very prominent feature of Cornholme village.

“We put the bid in last October.

“It’s such a major job.

“Thankfully we have now got this grant through.”

Harvey said there are also plans to address other issues at the church.

“There are other ongoing projects which we are looking at,” he said.

“The church is an ongoing repair job.

“We have 465 panes of broken glass.

“It’s all been done by vandalism over the years but we have never really had the opportunity to address it before.

“We’re going to be looking at funding from other sources to get this glass replaced.

“It will cost an estimated £40,000 to replace all the glass and put up protective material to prevent damage in the future.

“We are going to have to do this in bitesize pieces because it’s such a massive undertaking.

“If there’s anybody out there who would like to give us some assistance with replacing the windows, that would be much appreciated.”