Repairing cathedrals, communities, and ‘clapped out’ boilers!

26 AUG 2020

Allchurches Trust is supporting 57 churches and Christian charities with a total of £218,700 in its latest round of grant funding. Here are just four examples of projects that have benefited from this funding – focused on restoring the old, welcoming the new, and looking to the future.

Wells Cathedral 
 
Wells Cathedral is the earliest English cathedral built in the Gothic style; its construction having started circa 1175 on an original Saxon site. 
 
The cathedral offers succour to its communities through daily prayer, music and pastoral support. However, it is also more isolated than its peers, and while this creates a rare stillness and tranquillity, it also brings challenges. 
 
Levels of affluence are lower than other parts of the country and the cathedral struggles to keep the wheels turning, especially without a historic endowment for essential repair and conservation.
 
A grant of £4,500 from Allchurches Trust will enable the cathedral to make vital repairs to the north transept of the building - a key attraction for visitors, showcasing an immense, historic clock.
 
The project will save a prominent part of the cathedral’s heritage and will allow the building to maintain its leading role as a meaningful public destination; a welcoming place to gather for diverse communities; and a focus for understanding of faith and heritage.
Masonry and bells on the side of Wells Cathedral
Heart of Tamworth Community Project 
 
Areas of the Tamworth community are in the top 3% most disadvantaged in England, feeling the effects of austerity and deprivation on a daily basis.
 
Heart of Tamworth Community Project (HOT) supports people affected by bereavement, homelessness, poverty, addiction and dementia and provides a wide range of services from its two centres within Tamworth. 
 
The project has been at the forefront of the town’s Coronavirus response, ensuring people have food, medication and emotional support in the toughest of times.
 
A £10,000 grant from Allchurches Trust will support the development of one of their parish sites, creating a community café as the demand for the charity’s services increases.
 
This will be a hub and a meeting place for the hardest to reach in the community, and those who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.
 
HOT also plan to landscape the outside area, providing seating, green space and a play area. 
Children and adults play in a church garden
Irish Church Missions, Dublin
 
Irish Church Missions (ICM) is an Anglican Missionary Organisation accelerating evangelism and church planting in Ireland. ICM currently includes a network of three churches in Dublin - Immanuel Church, City Church and The Iranian Church.
 
The organisation owns a four-storey over basement building in central Dublin and welcomes people from all over the world. Most Sundays, there are at least 20 nationalities represented. 
 
Whilst the building is a blessing, it also presents many challenges in regards to age and layout. ICM is setting out to transform the building, supported by a £7,500 grant from Allchurches Trust. 
 
It will provide an improved space for church services and a multi-purpose space for events and youth work; while the top three floors will be reconfigured for much needed city centre accommodation.
 
The development will offer new income opportunities for the charity to move forward financially, and will provide a more usable space for offices and youth ministry, and eventually the HQ for a church planting academy.

Culcheth Methodist Church, Cheshire 
 
A £2,250 grant from Allchurches Trust will support Culcheth Methodist Church to provide a ‘warmer’ welcome! The church is used widely by the community for services, youth clubs and group meetings, every day of the week. The church has a new welcome space where the community can rest, chat and recuperate. However, an ancient boiler means it can’t open in the colder months, depriving the local residents of a much needed space for reflection and friendship.
 
Allchurches’ essential funding will enable Culcheth Methodist to grow and thrive – a church for all seasons!
A group of adults and children gather inside a church
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