Historic church gets a £200,000 lottery lifeline
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