The government has kept its promise to help out historic churches in dire need, with Staffordshire benefiting from grants totalling £350,000 going to nine churches across the county.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Burslem in Stoke on Trent is to receive £100,000.
It’s all part of the work of the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund, which has handed out £30milion in the last month to places of worship across the UK.
Of course, we still are light-years away from the situation in some countries on the Continent where historic churches are automatically supported by state subsidy!
If anyone reading this worries that their church’s roof is also in trouble – whether from water ingress or simple old age, the Fund will reopen to new applications later this year (all those who were unsuccessful in this first round of awards will be able to reapply).
The fortunate nine were: St Anne’s Church Brown Edge (£12,900); St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Burslem, Stoke on Trent (£100,000); All Saints Denstone (£33,500); St Matthew’s Meerbrook (£55,100); St Werburgh’s Hanbury and St Augustine’s Church Draycott (£44,600); All Saints Sandon (£52,300); Saint Mary, Merevale with Bentley (£20,600); St James Audley (£31,000).