Clitheroe church will share funding boost

Clitheroe's United Reformed Church which has received �10,000 additional funding from the Churches Trust, (s)
Clitheroe's United Reformed Church which has received �10,000 additional funding from the Churches Trust, (s)

A much-loved Clitheroe church is to share in a £607,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.

A total of 36 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK. Founded in 1953, the trust has helped over 10,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses with funding for urgent repairs and to pay for the installation of kitchens and toilets to enable more places of worship to become community hubs.

13 of the churches receiving funding are on Historic England’s ‘ Heritage At Risk’ Register.

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, vice president of The National Churches Trust, said: “The UK’s churches and chapels are a treasure trove of architecture, history and faith. But these buildings don’t belong to the past. They pay a vital role in our present and future too, acting as places of worship, community centres or simply somewhere to go for quiet contemplation.

“The cost of keeping churches and chapels wind and watertight and paying for the installation of modern facilities is far beyond the means of congregations. That’s why I’m delighted that the National Churches Trust has been able to provide a £10,000 grant to the United Reformed Church, Clitheroe. This funding will help ensure that this much loved church will continue to serve local people for many years to come.”