His­toric church gets a £200,000 lot­tery life­line

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ALANDMARK church has been awarded a £200,000 fund­ing boost by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

St John’s Church in Slat­tocks has suc­cess­fully se­cured the grant, which will help pay for ur­gent con­ser­va­tion work.

The Grade II listed build­ing on Thorn­ham Lane re­quires re­pairs to frac­tured stone win­dow mul­lions, some at high level.

The spe­cial­ist work will be car­ried out over the next six months and will also in­clude a pur­pose built ramp to the main door, en­abling bet­ter ac­cess for all users.

The church, in ad­di­tion to be­ing a place of wor­ship for par­ish­ioners, is in­creas­ingly be­ing used for youth and community events.

In re­cent years the build­ing has had a new roof and in ad­di­tion to grants, the church has raised more than £40,000 to­wards costs.

Rev­erend Martin Short said: “We are so grate­ful for this Her­itage Lot­tery Fund grant. To be rel­e­vant in a chang­ing world the mod­ern church has to be at the heart of the lo­cal community which it is here to serve.

“Our ac­tiv­i­ties are in­creas­ingly reach­ing out to meet the needs of par­ish­ioners and the lo­cal community so we need a build­ing which is both ac­ces­si­ble and in a good state of re­pair.”

The church was orig­i­nally built in 1906 to the de­sign of the ar­chi­tect R Ben­net Pre­ston and is re­garded as an ex­am­ple of some of his best work.

The grave­yard and grounds are main­tained to a high stan­dard and many walk­ers and cy­clists de­tour around the grounds in or­der to ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty and peace of the lo­ca­tion.

Its square tower and il­lu­mi­nated clock with bells which sound the time have also made it a pop­u­lar lo­cal land­mark.

In­for­ma­tion on the progress of the cur­rent project will be fea­tured on the church web­site along with a nar­ra­tive on the rich her­itage of the church and the sur­round­ing area. The web­site also gives de­tails of all wor­ship and community events tak­ing place.

On com­ple­tion of the work, the church will be open for her­itage days and on many other oc­ca­sions so that vis­i­tors can ap­pre­ci­ate the qual­ity of the build­ing and its in­ter­est­ing his­tory.

For more in­for­ma­tion see stjohn­thorn­ham.org

●●St John’s Church in Slat­tocks, Mid­dle­ton

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