York Baptist Church roof-works 2019
Our wonderful church building is over 150 years old and is feeling its age! Whilst it is basically structurally sound, defects in the two roofs above rooms over the back hall have become apparent in recent years. To keep the building wind and weather tight, we have been faced with getting the slate roofs re-covered plus lead and stonework repaired or replaced. This is a major project and carries a major cost!
Members of our congregation have contributed generously and we have also been helped by 2 grants from national charities.
One is from the Garfield Weston Foundation who support activities in local communities, this is for £15,000.
The second is from the National Churches Trust of £10,000. They support conservation of historic churches and chapels, which may be installing kitchens or toilets, or like us, repairing roofs or stonework. Our church is a listed building, so we were eligible to apply for a grant.
You will see hardly any difference when it is all finished in the autumn but, as they say, a stitch in time saves nine, and we are certainly saving nine in future years. All our activities will be able to continue in the future rather than being curtailed if rooms would have had to be closed off.