£73k Lottery boost for York church's conservation project

Joyce Cockerill, the churchwarden at St Paul’s, Holgate, celebrates the news that it has received backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its West Front Conservation Project

Joyce Cockerill, the churchwarden at St Paul’s, Holgate, celebrates the news that it has received backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its West Front Conservation Project

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One of York's most iconic churches has cleared a major hurdle in its battle for £73,000 of funding to preserve the building for another half century.

The cash is on the cards after St Paul's in Holgate secured backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund for proposals to conserve the West Front and other features.

The endorsement means the congregation get £5,500 to develop their bid for the next round of the competition for the money.

If successful, the full grant would also pay for vital repair and conservation work to the bell cote and pinnacles between July and November next year.

There would also be research and photographs for a leaflet and exhibition about the heritage of the site - a hub of the local community which hosts three Sunday services and community activities.

Built in 1851near the London to Edinburgh train line for nearby workers, it is one of two York churches built by subscriptions from rail staff.

Windows in the Grade 2 listed building include a 1951 Harry Stammers stained glass and one, possibly two, by White Friars of London.

Church Warden Joyce Cockerill said: "The church has been the focal point of the parish of Holgate for over 150 years. It is great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for at least another century.”

Regional Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Fiona Spiers underlined that churches provided a powerful reminder of the past in nearly every community across Yorkshire.

She added: "Not only will our awards secure the immediate future of these particular buildings, it will also empower congregations to adapt them, where necessary.

"This means they can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community and in turn enable them to be more sustainable for the future.”

Meanwhile, the Fund has given £91,400 to the permanent display of artefacts and memorabilia from Norton and Malton’s past. The Woodhams-Stone Collection.

It will finance a project called Two Collections, Two Towns, focussing on the digital recording of the thousands of items in the Collection, plus recorded interviews with local founders John Stone and Sid Woodhams.

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8:55am Thu 10 Jul 14

nearlyman says...

its a shame £5500 has to be spent developing a bid.............assu
ming there are others developing similar bids all those £5500's would be better spent on other urgent repairs?
its a shame £5500 has to be spent developing a bid.............assu ming there are others developing similar bids all those £5500's would be better spent on other urgent repairs? nearlyman
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11:25am Thu 10 Jul 14

maybejustmaybe says...

Quite a lot of work goes into preparing a bid. Professional fees, specialist reports, investigation works and archival research costs all soon add up.
Quite a lot of work goes into preparing a bid. Professional fees, specialist reports, investigation works and archival research costs all soon add up. maybejustmaybe
  • Score: 5

8:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Pull it down and build something useful there.
Pull it down and build something useful there. Pinza-C55
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9:54am Fri 11 Jul 14

YorkshireBorn87 says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Pull it down and build something useful there.
Can't, it's grade 2 listed. Also it wouldn't serve the memory of the railway workers who helped pay for it to be built and it's history with the railway. You should have a look at how many different type of events happen there. What would you build there instead?
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Pull it down and build something useful there.[/p][/quote]Can't, it's grade 2 listed. Also it wouldn't serve the memory of the railway workers who helped pay for it to be built and it's history with the railway. You should have a look at how many different type of events happen there. What would you build there instead? YorkshireBorn87
  • Score: 3

10:05am Fri 11 Jul 14

BillyJones87 says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Pull it down and build something useful there.
Typical comment from someone who clearly has no idea what they're talking about.

Although it's frustrating to see such a clear display of ignorance, the sad thing is that I'm not overly surprised.

Perhaps you should pay a visit the Church when an event is on, and see for yourself the value it provides to the local community.
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Pull it down and build something useful there.[/p][/quote]Typical comment from someone who clearly has no idea what they're talking about. Although it's frustrating to see such a clear display of ignorance, the sad thing is that I'm not overly surprised. Perhaps you should pay a visit the Church when an event is on, and see for yourself the value it provides to the local community. BillyJones87
  • Score: 3

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