Holy Trinity Church secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment
Holy Trinity [Church of England] Church, Bolton-le-Sands, is delighted to announce that its bid for lottery funding has been successful. The church is to receive over £214,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund [ HLF] to carry out much needed work to replace parts of the church roof. Work also includes modifications to the entrance porch to improve disabled access.
The project will also 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 work is planned to start in November and scheduled to be finished by next spring.
Holy Trinity church is a focal point within the local community and is increasingly used by a variety of groups. 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. The artefacts will be on view for historical societies and universities to visit.
A member of Holy Trinity’s Parochial Church Council, said “we believe that we are only custodians of our heritage with a responsibility to maintain it for future generations. The Heritage Lottery Fund will allow us to maintain the condition of our church and improve its facilities.”
The Vicar of Bolton-le-Sands, Reverend Nancy Goodrich, said “God’s love flows in the lives of people here and the church is loved by the community. This good news means we can care for this special and ancient building in our generation, ready for the next generation”.
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Nathan Lee, Head of HLF North West said,
“The North West has such a diverse range of churches, each one reflecting the social history of its
community as well as the influences upon the country’s architecture. Holy Trinity Church stamps a
sense of identity on Bolton-le-Sands while providing a venue for worship and many other community
activities so HLF is delighted to give it support.”
Throughout the project there will be regular updates on the church Facebook and the church’s twitter account @ParishBLS, there will also by monthly reports, which can be found on Holy Trinity Church’s website.