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Androssan Church boosted by repair grant

St Peter’s in Chains, Androssan, is set to receive a £20,000 grant for urgent repairs from the National Churches Trust as well as a £10,000 Wolfson Fabric Repair Grant from the Wolfson Foundation.

The money will be put towards window and roof repairs to ‘ensure the church thrives today and tomorrow,’ the National Churches Trust said.

Huw Edwards, Vice President of the National Churches Trust, said grant for the Grade A listed church ‘will safeguard unique local heritage and keep it open and in use for the benefit of local people.’

“Whether seeking quiet reflection, access to community services or a place to worship, the National Churches Trust helps hundreds of churches each year and with the support of local people keeps them thriving today, and tomorrow,” he said.

Fr Duncan McVicar, parish priest of St Peter in Chains, said the church is ‘at the heart of the community’ and is one of the unique ‘Coia Architect’ buildings, ‘which always reveal unusual features in the design.’

“The position of the church, constantly facing the elements, has brought about the urgent need for repairs, particularly to the roof and the windows,” he said.

“The ingress of water in the church itself has become a serious issue where quick action is needed. The Grants from the National Churches Trust and the Wolfson Foundation are essential and much needed that make this work possible.” 

Fr McVicar said the support would allow the parish to continue to be a ‘lasting sign of heritage for the future.’

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