Holy Trinity Church Bolton Le Sands wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Holy Trinity has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Raise The Roof, Open the Door Project. The project aims to repair the roof valley gutter, using stainless steel, to ensure that the roof is watertight and less susceptible to lead theft. The project also includes reroofing the North slope of the Nave and the South Slope of the North aisle and modifications to the entrance porch to improve disabled access and heat retention by the use of two sets of doors. The proposed design for the porch is on display in churches at Holy Trinity, and St. Marks and comments are invited.

The anticipated timescale for the project is approximately 9 months with 4 months for the development and 5 for the delivery stage.

The HLF grant process consists of two rounds, round one to develop the project and round two to deliver the project.

A first-round pass means the project meets HLF criteria for funding and HLF believes the project has potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals (round two) to compete for a firm award.

Development funding of up to £10,800 has been awarded at round one to help Holy Trinity progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

The project will include a programme of activities to facilitate wider community use, including improved display of the Anglo Saxon stones, updating the ‘Our Church’ booklet and installing display facilities to enable improved communications.

The building is a focal point within the local community and is increasingly used by groups for activities other than worship. The oldest parts of the present structure, the tower, the pillars and arches are thought to date from the 15th century. It has been speculated that part of the north wall of the tower was built in the 10th century.

A team of Karen Hillis, John Lane, Rob Daunt, Jim Mackison and Brian James have been working on the project; “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. This would not have been forthcoming without the demonstration of community engagement in the fundraising campaign, which will continue during the project. The church as a social centre has given the village a place for live entertainment, public meetings and group activities, and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for another century.” Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the team for further information.

Tuesday 11th November 2014

At the end of September we heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund regarding our second bid and unfortunately we were unsuccessful again. Like our first bid the Heritage Lottery Fund said our bid was good but there were bids with more urgent needs. We pray for these projects who are more desperate than us.

However, we will not be deterred and we are resubmitting our bid again at the end of November with an updated scope and with more supporting evidence of the deterioration of the roof following a timber survey and organ survey.

The Open Day on Saturday 20th September was a huge success with many people visiting the church from the community to have a look at the church and the wonderful display of wedding dresses, christening gowns and photos of many happy occasions held in church. We raised £12 000 towards our Raise the Roof, Open the Door campaign.

The timeline is now up and is attracting considerable interest and at the moment the running total stands at £26 000 of the £50 000 we need.

Monday 1st September 2014

September is a very special month at Holy Trinity as we begin the main thrust of our Raise the Roof, Open the Door campaign. We will be building a Timeline which will recognise the support of everyone in the village who is able to get behind the campaign to rescue our beautiful Church building. You will see the timber Timeline structure appear along the wall at the front of the Churchyard and the names of people and events that have bought Bodels will be added throughout the coming months.

We will be celebrating the launch of the timeline with an Open Day in Church on Saturday 20th September. Come along and see the exhibition of just what the Church means to people in the village. We will be displaying photos of marriages, baptisms and confirmations; wedding dresses; christening robes and other memorabilia from happy events that have taken place at Holy Trinity throughout the generations. We will also have details of the building work that needs to be done and you will be able to find out more about the deterioration of the Church building.

If you have photos or items that we could use for our exhibition, we would love to borrow them. They will be carefully looked after and retuned to you after the big day. We are trying to get as many people as we can to join in, so if you or someone you know would be willing to take part, please contact Karen Hillis on 824001 or Nikki Garnett on 825484. And do not forget to come and join us on the day for tea and cakes and be the first to see the new timeline- we need your support.

Sunday 1 Jun 2014

Our lottery bid has been re-submitted. It’s been fine tuned since our first bid was turned down earlier in the year. It will be a few months before we find out the result. Meanwhile we’re continuing with our overall fundraising vision. Look out for our church stand at the Bolton-le-Sands village gala on Saturday 7 June.

Sunday 30 Mar 2014

We’ve heard from the Heritage Lottery Fund. While we submitted a very good application, which met their strict criteria, other projects were judged to be in more urgent need than ours.
The Heritage Lottery Fund people said that we can apply again in May, but before then we need to raise £2,500 to fund a bat survey and a timber survey. This will give us more detailed evidence of the rot in the Victorian roof timbers.

Thursday 23 Jan 2014

The estimated cost of the work is £269,009. We have requested 73% of this cost from the Heritage Lottery Fund (£196,600).
Round one of the lottery bid is a request for a grant to cover the development and delivery costs. This is our current stage. The development phase is the specification of the works up to the point where we can send out a tender document to contractors. We will know if we are successful in our bid for funding this stage on Tuesday 18 March. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday 5th June

A massive thank you to everyone who has kindly donated money, fundraised or helped in any way towards our Raise the Roof Open the Door Appeal.

Recently the final panel went up on our timeline to signify that we have reached our £50 000 total. It is amazing the support the church has received towards repairing our roof following the lead theft.

However, unfortunately we will not see any visible signs if the roof being fixed yet because we have not yet received the Lottery grant that we need. Therefore although the timeline is finished we are still gratefully accepting any donations.

We hope that soon we will receive the grant so we can begin making the essential repairs.

Thank you so much for all your support so far.