Mayor's visit to New Brighton spire chruch 2015

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undefinedThe Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Les Rowlands, visited St James' church, New Brighton to view the beginnings of a major restoration project. St James' has been awarded a grant of 250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of restoring its spire the tallest in Wirral. The full cost of the project is 400,000.

Vicar the Revd Frank Cain told the Mayor of how the spire will need to be dismantled and rebuilt stone by stone.

Revd Cain explained: “The work would not be possible without the Heritage Lottery grant. The rest of the expense is being met by the church’s energetic fundraising campaign, known as inSpire.”

If you would like to contribute to the inSpire fund, please phone Julia Codling on 0151 639 5468.

The Mayor also met the architect, the contractor and members of the church’s restoration committee who’ve been responsible for obtaining the grant and appointing the specialists.  After viewing the spire, Councillor Rowlands pictured above with Revd Cain – said: “It is so important that fine buildings such as this church are in good hands. I look forward to returning to St James’ in 2016 to celebrate the completion of this spectacular project.”

Frank Cain will soon be leaving his ministry in New Brighton to become Team Rector in Halewood and Hunts Cross in Liverpool diocese in October.

Frank was very active in developing the restoration project and in getting the New Brighton Heritage Centre set up inside the landmark church.

He said: “I would like to say that it has been a privilege to get to know some wonderful Christians in the parish, deanery and diocese. And I will miss the clergy conference in 2016!"

Below the spire under repair