Sunderland Sikh community gets £71k to repair Grade II-listed temple opened in former church

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TENS of thousands of pounds of lottery money will be ploughed into urgent repairs at a listed city building.

A grant of £71,000 has been awarded to the Sunderland gurdwara, or temple, which is named after Guru Gobind Singh, in Ashbrooke.

Cash will go towards work on stained glass windows, roof timbers, slates, flashings and its distinctive cast iron railing, among other repairs.

The money is part of a pot totalling £364,000 which the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded to secure the future of four North-East places of worship.

In 2000, the Sunderland Sikh Association took over the Grade II-listed building in Ryhope Road, formerly Christ Church, after it had lain empty for about four years.

Ivor Crowther, head of HLF North East, said: “There is a place of worship in almost every ward, village and town across the North East of England, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past.

“Not only will our awards secure the immediate future of these particular buildings, it will also empower congregations to adapt them, where necessary, so they can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community and, in turn, enable them to be more sustainable for the future.”