Na­tional Churches Trust awards St Colum­bkille’s £15,000 to al­low up­grade

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Will Hen­shaw

A much loved Ruther­glen church will re­ceive £15,000 for an up­grade from the Na­tional Churches Trust.

St Colum­bkille’s Church on Main Street, Ruther­glen, will re­ceive part of the £607,000 from the Na­tional Churches Trust Com­mu­nity Grant to help fund the in­stal­la­tion of ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets as part of a ma­jor pro­ject to help make the church more ac­ces­si­ble and re­duce energy use.

The pro­ject also in­volves re­new­ing heat­ing, light­ing, pews and the PA sys­tem, in­stalling new boil­ers, build­ing a new en­trance porch and ac­cess ramps.

A to­tal of 36 churches and chapels in Eng­land, Wales, Scot­land and North­ern Ire­land will ben­e­fit from the latest grants from the Na­tional Churches, the char­ity sup­port­ing church build­ings of all Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tions across the UK. Trust. Founded in 1953, the Trust has helped over 10,000 churches, chapels and meet­ing houses with fund­ing for ur­gent re­pairs and to pay for the in­stal­la­tion of kitchens and toi­lets to en­able more places of wor­ship to be­come com­mu­nity hubs.

Broad­caster and jour­nal­ist Huw Ed­wards, Vice Pres­i­dent of The Na­tional Churches Trust, said:

“The UK’s churches and chapels are a trea­sure trove of ar­chi­tec­ture, history and faith. But these build­ings don’t be­long to the past. They pay a vi­tal role in our present and fu­ture too, act­ing as places of wor­ship, com­mu­nity cen­tres or sim­ply some­where to go for quiet con­tem­pla­tion.”

“The cost of keep­ing churches and chapels wind and wa­ter­tight and pay­ing for the in­stal­la­tion of mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties is far be­yond the means of con­gre­ga­tions.”

“That’s why I’m de­lighted that the Na­tional Churches Trust has been able to pro­vide a £15,000 grant to St Colum­bkille Church, Ruther­glen.

“This fund­ing will help en­sure that this his­toric and much loved church will con­tinue to serve lo­cal peo­ple for many years to come.”

Orig­i­nally founded in 1851 the present Catholic parish church of St Colum­bkille was con­se­crated in 1940, be­ing one of the few church build­ings com­pleted fol­low­ing the on­set of the Sec­ond World War.

The build­ing is recog­nised as be­ing of out­stand­ing ar­chi­tec­tural sig­nif­i­cance be­ing a Listed Build­ing with Cat­e­gory A sta­tus.

De­signed by ar­chi­tects Gillespie, Kidd & Coia in the pe­riod 1934-40, the build­ing is a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ital­ian Ro­manesque ar­chi­tec­ture a com­mon fea­ture be­ing a tall frontal tower. It has a mas­sive façade with five ar­caded bays at ground level with tall win­dows and sculp­tured stone stat­ues of Christ and the four Evan­ge­lists set in niches along with bas re­liefs.

A trea­sure trove of ar­chi­tec­ture

Ren­o­va­tions St Colum­bkille’s Church in Ruther­glen

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