We are delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded St. Stephen’s a substantial grant to undertake essential structural repairs. We have received an initial award of £36,000 for the development stage, and on successful completion (of which we are extremely confident), a further £215,500 will be awarded. In addition to the HLF grant, a further £112,00 has been raised from church reserves, donations from the congregation, further grants and support from the Hereford Road Association. This takes us a long way towards our total project budget of £450,000.
Since 2004 the Parochial Church Council of St. Stephen’s have been faced with growing structural problems within our buildings. This has required extensive investigations and costly remedial repairs. It became apparent that a long-term solution was required. The scale of the problems and the necessity of a planned intervention has been acknowledged and supported by Historic England who in 2014 placed St. Stephen’s on their Heritage at Risk Register as a Category A priority.
In response to this huge challenge, we have worked with our architect and structural engineers, to develop a plan to secure and preserve the structural integrity of our Grade II listed building.
The HLF grant and other monies raised means we can now move towards implementing those plans hopefully in 2016.
If you would like to know more please come to our Open Meeting at 7pm on Monday, 30th November.