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Grant from above; Church to have first major repairs since 18th Century.

Byline: JOANNE DOUGLAS

A CHURCH at the heart of Holmfirth has been given pounds 186,000 - to help fund its first major work in more than 240 years

The grant means the leaking roof at Holy Trinity Church will be fixed

The vicar, the Rev Keith Griffin said it was the first major essential works on the Georgian chapel since the floods of 1777 when the River Holme burst its banks

The chapel, which has its origins in the mid 15th Century, was re-built the following year

But more than 200 years later water problems have returned

The leaking roof will be fixed thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund in consultation with English Heritage

It comes from a pot of pounds 1.44 million being given to Grade Two Yorkshire churches

Holy Innocents in Dewsbury is getting pounds 179,000 and Christ Church in Liversedge is getting pounds 168,000

Mr Griffin said: "The church is in a poor state of repair, there are quite severe problems with flaking masonry and there has been some water leaking through the roof. "The masonry is in need of improvements and it is the first time it has really been tackled. "It's almost as if we are re-wrapping the outside of the church and fixing it." The work is being funded by pounds 186,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, pounds 25,000 from church funds and pounds 15,000 from other sources

Mr Griffin added: "It is essential we get it done. "From now until the end of March 2010 an investigation will be carried out with English Heritage and hopefully the work will start in the spring of 2010

Kath Gibson, English Heritage Historic Building Adviser, said: "We really want to support sustainable long term uses for churches. "It is important for this church and for us to focus on ways to support the church in finding ways of using the building for other uses in the future. "In terms of tourism we want to get a lot of people travelling into Holmfirth, the interest here is Last of the Summer Wine and the church is right next to Sid's Cafe. "So it is important to make the most of this church and show off our buildings." Fiona Spiers, head of Heritage Lottery

Fund in Yorkshire, added: "We are very committed to supporting all places of worship and it is important to the communities and lottery players to see them brought back to life. "These wonderful buildings are often central to community life and play an important role in people's everyday lives, but maintaining them is always a challenge. "This substantial investment will help fund the vital repairs necessary to secure their long-term future." Once the repair works on the exterior of the building are complete church leaders will look at the interior to see how they can improve it

One room is currently used as a youth room with a pool table and computers

Floods of Holmfirth The 1777 flood happened hours after a terrible thunderstorm The River Holme burst its banks and swept through the town centre, killing three people The Holy Trinity Church, built in 1476, was damaged beyond repair It was one of five serious floods - the others were in 1738, 1821, 1852 and 1944

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LANDMARK: Holy Trinity church, Holmfirth (AC120509Agrant-05) RENOVATION: Fiona Spiers of the Heritage Lottery Fund, left, the Rev Keith Griffin of Holy Trinity, the Rev Geoff Banks and Kath Gibson of English Heritage outside the church (AC120509Agrant-03) SUPPORT FOR CHURCH: Inside Holy Trinity hurch, Holmfirth, are the the Rev Keith Griffin with ath Gibson of English Heritage (AC120509Agran
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 13, 2009
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