PS20k boost for church repairs fund.
Byline: MIKE LOCKLEY News Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
A LANDMARK Dudley church is to share in a PS391,000 funding windfall from the National Churches Trust.
A PS20,000 repair grant will help pay for urgent work to stonework and windows at Grade II listed St Thomas and St Luke Church.
The building is one of 29 churches and chapels in the UK to benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the repair and support charity.
Broadcaster and Journalist Huw Edwards, vice-president of the National Churches Trust, said: "I'm delighted that the future of St Thomas and St Luke is being safeguarded by a PS20,000 National Churches Trust grant.
"This urgently required work will guarantee the future of one of Dudley's most iconic buildings and help increase awareness of this historic church.
"At the heart of the nation's history and at the centre of local communities, churches and chapels are some of the UK's best loved local buildings. But their future is not guaranteed.
"The financial and practical support provided by the National Churches Trust helps many of the UK's churches, chapels and meeting houses continue to flourish at the heart of their communities by preserving their architecture and keeping their facilities up to date.
"Everyone can make a contribution to the future of the UK's churches and chapels by volunteering to help look after these precious buildings.
"Churches and chapels may be historic buildings, but they can be part of our future, too."
Known fondly as Top Church, due to its position on the high street on the crest of a watershed, St Thomas and St Luke is a local landmark. An earlier medieval church was replaced in the 19th century when it was felt to no longer meet the needs of the growing population. The present church, a Regency Gothic building designed by the architect William Brooks, was built in the 1810s.