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Grants boost welcomed for five historic churches in Diocese of Shrewsbury


Five churches in the Diocese of Shrewsbury have benefited from a scheme to maintain places of worship.

They were among 54 historic listed buildings in Greater Manchester and Suffolk to share £1.8 million so that repair work could be carried out.

Ged Simpson, senior trusts and foundations officer at Diocese of Shrewsbury said: “We were delighted to see five of our parishes receive a grant.

“These were St Paul’s in Hyde (pictured), St Joseph’s and Our Lady and the Apostles in Stockport, St Anthony’s in Wythenshawe and St Vincent’s in Altrincham.

“These were not huge grants but they did enable each parish to identify some urgent work that needed doing and think about the future and how to maintain their church.”

He continued: “We have worked closely with the excellent Taylor Review Team in Manchester since the start of this pilot.

“Not only were five of our parishes awarded a total of over £45,000 for essential repairs, we have continued to work together as we develop new, longer term projects that we hope will lead to the significant investment needed to ensure our churches retain their important place in the local community.”

The Taylor Review pilot scheme, which was launched in September 2018, provides advice, guidance and financial support to listed places of worship of all faiths and denominations in Greater Manchester and Suffolk in order to build a sustainable future for these important historic buildings.

Thanks to the scheme, maintenance and urgent repair works have been brought forward by congregations who may have previously been unable to afford such works to keep buildings stable and weatherproof.

Work is underway on a number of other projects as the pilot enters its final year.

Heritage Minister Helen Whately said: “I am delighted that so many buildings in Greater Manchester have benefitted from this funding.

“Our country has a rich and fascinating religious history and places of worship have been at the heart of communities for centuries.

“The Taylor pilot scheme is helping to protect and preserve these important places of worship and keep them central to our communities.”

Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England said: “We are delighted that the Taylor Review Pilot has successfully repaired and restored 54 listed faith buildings in its inaugural year.

“We look forward to continuing to work with local communities nationwide to help maintain some of our most important places of worship.”