Lottery funding boost for Sheffield church

St Mary's Church, Walkley has won heritage lottery funding.
St Mary's Church, Walkley has won heritage lottery funding.
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A Sheffield church is to receive a slice of a £2 million lottery grant to help ensure its future.

St Mary’s Church in Walkley is among 35 churches to be awarded money through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Grants for Places of Worship scheme.

The church on South Road, Walkley, has been given £80,000.

Fiona Spiers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and Humber, said: “There is a place of worship in almost every ward, village and town across the Yorkshire and Humber region, 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 be more sustainable for the future.”

Trevor Mitchell is planning and conservation director for Yorkshire at English Heritage, which advises the Heritage Lottery Fund. He said: “These funds will help the local congregations keep their buildings viable and help us keep our heritage alive.

“These grants will help the public enjoy and appreciate these buildings.”