A major grant of £40,000 from the National Churches Trust will help to secure the future of Holy Trinity Church on Traverse Street, St. Helens.
The money will pay for urgently-needed structural repairs and is in addition to a grant of £239,800 already awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Holy Trinity Church, built in 1857, is absolutely unique, being constructed of copper slag (a by-product of local industrial chemical processing) and featuring one of the earliest known uses of laminated timber beams. Today the church, in addition to being a place of worship, sees daily use for community activities ranging from the Food Bank through to exercise classes and computer training courses.
The repair work, likely to start early in 2016, will see the church re-roofed and the rainwater goods replaced. The damaging cement pointing which has caused moisture retention within the structure will be removed and replaced with the correct lime mortar. The kitchen, café area and toilets will all be refurbished to meet the latest standards of accessibility and comfort.
Ian Simpson, Heritage Officer for the Diocese of Liverpool, said: “This is wonderful news, both for Holy Trinity Church and the community which it serves. This generous grant will enable Holy Trinity to remain at the heart of Fingerpost life for decades to come.”