More cash for repair work at town’s church

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Circular window on St Giles church tower, Pontefract.'p2360n026'y5CivicComp

THOUSANDS of pounds has been awarded by four grant-making bodies to repair and restore a Pontefract church.

A further £15,000 has been given to St Giles’ Church in the same year it received £173,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The National Churches Trust – the leading national independent body concerned with the protection and welfare of Christian places of worship throughout the UK – has awarded a grant of £10,000 towards the estimated total costs of restoration to the south elevation facing Market Place and the west wall facing Shoemarket.

The Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust, which assists churches of any denomination within Yorkshire, has awarded £1,500, Allchurches Trust Limited, which insues the church, has awarded £2,500 and The Manifold Charitable Trust, which aids the preservation of any building of historic or architectural interest, has awarded £1,000.

Peter Lavine, church warden, said: “In 1950 much of the stonework on the south facing wall was covered in rendering to improve the look of the then very poor stonework for the visit of Princess Margaret to Pontefract.

“Unfortunately the rendering, which is still there today, did the building no favours as it actually accelerated the erosion to the stonework.”

Repair work is due to start in October and should be completed by April 2013.

Rev Bob Cooper, St Giles’ vicar, said: “We are delighted to receive these grants which will help us to achieve our funding target to enable the works to go ahead.”