At long last, the works to install proper drainage in the roof of the oldest part of St George's Church is to begin following the successful application for funding from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund. Work will commence on 5 June and should last about six weeks. There is every hope following this much needed repair (while scaffolding is in place) that we can follow on with repairing the most dangerous bits of eroded stonework in that area. Watch this space for further news!
St George’s Church in Edgbaston, Birmingham will benefit from £35,600 to address urgent roof repairs.
St George’s Church successfully applied for the grant through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.
The church is listed Grade II and is named on the Historic England ‘At Risk’ Register. The church has suffered considerable water ingress over the years as a result of the poor state of the exterior masonry and rainwater goods, particularly on the oldest part of the church [built 1838]. The repair programme will make the church watertight. Repair and maintenance of a safe building is essential if current and expanded community use of this historic building is to continue. Apart from the Anglican parish community, the church is used by two additional worship groups; The United Methodist Church (Zimbabwean origin) and The Debre Kidus Amanuel Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church both of which have very large congregations with many young families.
All the users of the church, worship groups and other community users, including artistic presenters are so very grateful for this substantial donation towards the continuing repairs and maintenance of this historic and well-loved church which is recognised as an heritage feature of the Edgbaston ‘village’.
This money is part of a wider funding package of £22.9million to 401 historic places of worship across the UK. The fund was launched by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement in December 2014 and the funding package has now seen a total of 903 places of worship across the UK receive a share of £55million.
The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).
A full list of awards across the UK can be found at www.gov.uk/dcms or www.lpowroof.org.uk