RENOVATION plans for a South Yorkshire church have received a boost with a grant from the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust.
Elsecar Holy Trinity Church’s restoration appeal was awarded £1,500 – leaving it just a few thousand pounds short of the £170,000 needed to carry out repairs to the roof.
The church, which is 170 years old next year and is Grade II-listed, has received more than £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage – and tens of thousands more has come from local trusts, plus fundraising by parishioners and other villagers.
The Reverend Alison Lamb, vicar at Holy Trinity, said: “As part of the grant process we were visited by the trust’s representative and he was impressed by the scale of the church and the William Morris windows, and commented favourably about the prompt action being taken to address the need for repairs.
“He was also impressed with the support from the local community.
“Although we are still a little short of our fundraising target the grant from the trust now means we have the confidence for the restoration work to get under way shortly.”
Graham Noble, who has helped organise fundraising, said: “The community has rallied round because we need a church in the village.”