OVER UNITED REFORMED CHURCH WINS HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND SUPPORT
Over URC is delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given initial support to the church’s roof repair project. Following a survey in 2014 which concluded that significant remedial works were necessary, the church looked carefully at various funding options. However, it was clear that the only scheme which came close to providing the necessary resources would be Heritage Lottery Funding.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is now providing the majority of the funding to enable the church to draw up detailed plans, schedules of work and costings so that a second bid can be made in mid-2017 for the building works. From the survey in 2014 it appears that work will be necessary to ridge tiles, brickwork, stonework, pointing, roof vents and rainwater goods. The slate covering of the roof is not thought to require work at this stage.
The church has now appointed conservation architects (BTP Ltd, Stockport) to undertake surveys and to draw up detailed plans as outlined above. This work is scheduled to start in November 2016 and continue to Spring 2017. A second bid will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund around May/June 2017.
From the initial survey in 2014 it is thought that the costs of the scheme could be in the order of £240,000. If the Heritage Lottery Fund support our second-round bid it will meet 75% of the cost. However, this will still leave the church having to secure the balance of the funding, which could be in the region of £60,000.
This is a significant undertaking for the church but it is committed to maintaining this iconic Grade II listed building which was completed in 1867. It was designed by the well-respected architect, John Douglas, whose practice was based in Chester. Mr Douglas was born and brought up locally in nearby Sandiway.
Contributions to the roof repair project can be made to Maurice Boughey, Church Treasurer, 4 Minster Close, Winsford, CW7 1SX or to any of the Elders.