St Mary’s Church to get grant of £157,000

St Mary's Church, Elland, have been given a �127,000 grant from English Heritage.'Pictured from left are rev Philip Chadwick, Donald Haigh, Joyce Haigh and church warden Peter Uttley.
St Mary's Church, Elland, have been given a �127,000 grant from English Heritage.'Pictured from left are rev Philip Chadwick, Donald Haigh, Joyce Haigh and church warden Peter Uttley.
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Elland’s historic parish church will undergo major refurbishments thanks to a £157,000 grant.

St Mary the Virgin Church at The Cross received the grant from English Heritage under the Repair Grants to Places of Worship scheme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Grade-I listed church needs work doing to its east, west and south walls, a new drainage system, repairs to monuments and windows and a roof security system.

But a further £25,000 is needed to complete the work, which they hope to raise through more grants and fund- raising events.

Peter Uttley, church warden and treasurer at St Mary’s, said: “The grant will enable this historic building, which has served the local community for over 800 years, to continue to provide support and a place of worship for the next generation.

“I am hopeful that this can be achieved by contributions from a number of sources including the local community.”

An English Heritage spokesman said: “St Mary’s dates from 1180, making it one of the oldest buildings in Elland. It is at the centre of the town’s historic core.”

The church received a £105,000 grant from the fund last year. That was spent on roof repairs, guttery, masonry and drainage.