Brereton chruch roof grant Jan 2013

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undefinedThe Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage have thrown a lifeline to St Oswald's Church, Brereton with grants to help repair the roof which was damaged by lead-theft in 2010. There's been a temporary roof cover at the 500-year old, Grade 2*-listed church since the theft, and recently the rain has been leaking in.

Church goers and non-church goers have been raising funds to save the parish church. The parish has already raised £34,000 in just over a year from donations and fund-raising events.

The Lottery and English Heritage grant is an initial £8,000 for a detailed inspection, followed by a later repair grant of £80,000 or possibly more depending on what the inspection finds.

Even after the most welcome news of the grants, the parish will still need to raise an estimated £25,000 to restore the roof and make it windproof and watertight.

Rector the Revd Robin Mosley said: “Everyone has been very supportive but without this major grant it would have taken years to raise enough money to restore the roof. The grant offer by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund is a lifesaver.”

The parish – a few miles north-east of Sandbach – would like to thank everyone who has responded to their appeal, including local MP Fiona Bruce for her support.

“The grant is great news and this will encourage everyone to keep on raising money in 2013 to make up the shortfall,” said Churchwarden John Marrow.

Following the roof repairs there will be a campaign to create a community room within the church for parish and local use. That project has the support of Brereton Parish Council. 

If you would like to help the parish phone the Revd Robin Mosley on 01477 533263 or email robinm243@btinternet.com