With the help of the Diocese of East Anglia, St Peter and All Souls in Peterborough has won a grant of £20,000 for vital repairs on the church.
Parish priest Fr Adam Sowa said the award would make a huge difference to the church: “For some years, the parish of St Peter and All Souls, with the assistance of the Diocese of East Anglia, has embraced the costly task of repairing the subsiding church building. The diocese appointed the construction engineers, Canham Consulting, conservation architects Caroe Architecture as well as a fundraising consultant, to assist the parish in raising the funds and keeping the momentum going.
“However, the total project cost would be over £1 million, and it surpasses the resources of the parish; therefore, the work needs to be done in little steps. Covid-19 did not completely stop many efforts to realise this worthy project, but slowing it down gave the parish time to think it through more deeply and allow the diocese and project steering group to make more applications for funding. I am delighted that we have been successful with our grant application to Historic England, which awarded our parish with £20k.
“This grant will pay for an asbestos refurbishment survey, clearance rainwater goods as well as for a surface water drain survey. Remedial works to drains will be covered by the grant, too.”
The Parish Steering Group meets via Zoom to plan the next steps and how the parish can help to further the reparation of the church. The parish Finance and Resources Committee is also meeting on regular basis to keep the parish solvent and plan for the future.