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  • Church to be restored to its former glory with £200,000 heritage grant

    Tom Martin

    A CHURCH in Blundellsands is set for a major revamp after being awarded a huge £211,000 cash boost.

    St Nicholas' Church, which is a Grade II listed building, will benefit from essential conservation work after being given the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    The hope is to encourage more locals to visit the church by developing it into a community and heritage centre, with the history of the building and surrounding area to be put on display.

    The project will carry out  work on four high level windows, three stained glass aisle windows and the porch. The lower north aisle roof is also to be replaced.

    Work is due to start mainly on the south side of the church in late August and is expected to be completed by February 2018, during which time the church will remain open.

    New works to both porch entrances will improve access for disabled and visually impaired visitors and parents with prams and pushchairs.

    A designated disabled parking area adjacent to the north porch entrance and cycle rack will further enhance access provision.

    A mini-kitchen will also be created at the back of church and a roof alarm system installed to safeguard repair works.

    Schools and other group parties will be invited to discover the history of the church and area through trained volunteer guides or access information via an app linked to their smart phone or tablet and the church’s website.

    The Reverend Canon Janet Roberts said: “We are delighted to receive this support due to National Lottery players. This enables St Nicholas’ to serve our local area and make the building even more accessible to all ages.”


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