We are delighted to report that all the scheduled roof and stonework repairs on the North elevation of the church have been mostly completed and the massive amount of scaffolding required for the projects was removed just in time for the Switching on of the Edgbaston Christmas Lights on 24 November. With the temporary floodlights in place for the festivities highlighting the beauty of the church building, St George's looked absolutely magnificent!
We wish to thank The National Heritage Memorial Fund, our contractors - Midland Conservation Ltd and our architects - Donald Insall Associates and the Trustees of The Jarman Charitable Trust, The Roger & Douglas Turner Trust, The Lord Austin Trust, The GJW Turner Trust, Allchurches Trust Limited, The Grimmit Trust, E Cadbury Charitable Trust, Baron Davenport's Charity and the Bayfield Charitable Trust for making it all possible.
Would you like an opportunity to own a piece of history from St George’s past? We have a number of lovely votive candle bases fashioned from a redundant oak communion rail which was saved and stored in the boiler room for many, many years. Ben Christie of ‘The Peaky Squirrel’ (who made our new prayer board) has
taken portions of the rail and made these very useful items for us to use in raising additional funds for our ‘Let the Stones Live’ appeal. There are a limited number of the bases which hold 4 votive candles. An example is on display at the back of church. We only ask that you consider a generous offer towards a suggested
price of £25. Please see Carol Couse if you are interested in purchasing one.
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