OVER UNITED REFORMED CHURCH WINS HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND SUPPORT
Over URC has received initial support (First Round Pass) from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Roof Repair Project, it was announced today. The project aims to repair and maintain the high-level masonry of this iconic Winsford landmark. Although initial investigations suggest that the Welsh slate covering of the roof is in good condition, the last 150 years have taken their toll on the brickwork, stonework, pointing, rain water goods and roof vents.
Development funding of £22,600 has been awarded to help the church develop its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
This immediately recognisable grade II listed building close to Over Square roundabout was designed by the well-known Cheshire architect, John Douglas. Although Mr Douglas’s architectural practice was based in Chester, he was in fact a local boy being born and brought up in nearby Sandiway. His work can be seen in most parts of the UK, but the majority of his commissions were situated in North Wales, Cheshire and Lancashire. In order to make the heritage of the building more widely known, the church will investigate the opportunities of basing a John Douglas centre within the building. The church will also engage with the local community to look at ways to make the church and its heritage more widely accessible.
Ros Ellison, the church secretary said, “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported our project. We firmly believe that this Victorian church dating back to the mid-1860s should be preserved for future generations. With HLF’s help we can now work up our detailed plans before making a bid for building works in 2017.”