A Tarporley church is to share in a £391,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.
A £5,000 National Churches Trust Community Grant will help to fund a major upgrade to the church including a new disabled toilet, a new entrance including steps and a ramp for easier direct access into the church and creating a flexible space in the main part of the building which can be used by both the congregation and community organisations.
Tarporley Baptist and Methodist church has served the people of Tarporley since 1866, with the church celebrating 150 years of service.
Tarporley Baptist and Methodist church is one of 29 churches and chapels in the UK to benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the UK church repair and support charity.
Broadcaster and Journalist Huw Edwards, Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said: “I’m delighted that the future of Tarporley Baptist and Methodist Church is being safeguarded by a £5,000 National Churches Trust grant. This funding will help ensure that this much loved local church, which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary, will be able to continue to serve the people of Tarporley and nearby villages for many years to come.”
“At the heart of the nation’s history and at the centre of local communities, churches and chapels are some of the UK’s best loved local buildings. But their future is not guaranteed”
“The financial and practical support provided by the National Churches Trust helps many of UK’s churches, chapels and meeting houses continue to flourish at the heart of their communities, by preserving their architecture and keeping their facilities up to date.
“But everyone can make a contribution to the future of the UK’s churches and chapels by volunteering to help look after the building. If you’ve got practical skills you could help clear drains and gutters, if you are a good communicator you could help show people the history and architecture of your local church or you could simply be a good neighbour and keep an eye out for vandals or thieves. ”
“Churches and chapels may be historic buildings, but they can be part of our future, too.”