RESTORATION plans to preserve a church can get underway after it was given £186,000 to push on with repairs.
St Andrew’s in Roker has been awarded the cash by the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out work to the church, focusing on its windows.
The funds are a welcome boost as it looks to spend a total of £204,000 on the latest phase of work.
The windfall follows on from a grant of £142,000 from the same fund to help in the upkeep of the building, which is on English Heritage’s at risk register.
Worshipers and leaders at the Talbot Road church had been taking its services in the hall during the winter because the chapel because temperatures were so low due to the wear and tear to the windows.
Now they will be able to keep warm for years to come after initial work made the building more water and wind-tight.
Dick Bradshaw, the team rector for the parish of Monkwearmouth, said: “We are delighted that we are able given the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund, not just for the people who are around now, but for future generations.
“We’ve already celebrated one century and now others will be able to appreciate it as they come to worship in this unique and iconic building.
“Having services in the hall was an interesting and different experience, but we’ve been back in the church for a number of weeks for our worship.”
The building, constructed in 1907, is known as a ‘cathedral for arts and crafts movement’ and is within the Parish of Monkwearmouth, which also includes All Saints in Fulwell and St Peter’s.
It was constructed following a campaign to raise money for a new church, which was then given a boost by shipyard owner and businessman John Priestman, who became its patron and benefactor.