Over the years we’ve suffered at St Chrysostom’s from water ingress in different parts of the church. This has partly been due to design faults, but more significantly to inadequate guttering and downcomers causing water to flow onto walls, and resulting in damp. We’ve addressed issues as best we can when they have arisen, with our limited means.
Recently the government announced a grant stream to help listed places of worship with roof problems. We decided to apply.
Applications had to be in quickly and so Desmond, one of our churchwardens and Edward, our treasurer got to work and gathered paperwork and put together an application.
On Thursday we were delighted to learn that we were successful in our application and that we have been awarded £85,800 to go towards renewing guttering etc (it’s expensive work).
This is wonderful news, not only in helping us bee water tight as a church but also because it helps us get on with other work about the church building, and encourages in our work for St Chrysostom’s future.
Church members were delighted to hear the news and after Mass on Sunday Fr Ian thanked Desmond and Edward for their diligence and hard work, without which we would have not got the grant.