Group Formed to Help Provide Darlington Church

Group formed to help provide Darlington church a sustainable future

A TEAM of volunteers has actually been formed to use a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to offer a Darlington church with a sustainable future.

St Cuthbert's Church is one of six churches throughout the area to gain from Inspired North East - a church building support scheme established by the Church of England Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham.

The plan has actually gotten 221,900 from the HLF to fund the team which will use their imagination and competence to help the six concern churches establish sustainable futures.

The team will help with everything from developing company plans and taking a look at methods forward with repairs, to building on fundraising opportunities and brand-new ways to engage neighborhoods in their heritage.

The job has actually been dealing with 12 other churches and they will remain to be offered an assisting hand.

A training and abilities program - consisting of web advancement and collections care - will also be provided to other places of praise across the North-East.

Influenced North East has dealt with over 200 locations of worship over the past six years, allowing them to see what works and establish designs of best practice.

Peter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne and chair of the task group, said: This grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund is going to have a remarkable impact on the communities whose regional church will be transformed and restored for the advantage of all who go to or praise and live there.

"We`re delighted that the grant will support us in offering a good deal of expertise and dedication on some outstanding buildings that will bring genuine and sustainable benefits for several years to come.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has actually already pledged around 106,000 to assist St Cuthbert's pay for vital repair work to its roofing, while the Friends of St Cuthbert`s stepped in to donate the last 11,000 required for the work to begin.

Reverend Robert Williamson, from St Cuthbert's, stated most of the roofing work had actually been finished.

A brand-new boiler had actually also been fitted and work was ongoing to ensure this worked effectively with the church's pipework.

The vicar stated the church wanted to enhance its use by the neighborhood and he hoped this money would aid with this aim.

The church is wishing to supply a venue for events that would have previously occurred at the now-closed arts Centre, in addition to performance when the Civic Theatre closes for repair.

The six churches will be connected by a heritage trail to inform the story of Christian heritage in the North-East.

The churches are: St Chad s in Bensham; St Cuthbert s in Billingham; St Cuthbert s in Darlington; St Cuthbert s in Elsdon; Church of St Thomas the Martyr in Newcastle and Christ Church in Shieldfield.

The 12 churches getting support consist of: St John, Darlington; St Oswalds, Hartlepool; St Michael s, Heighington; St Edmund, Sedgefield and St Thomas, Stockton.