£60,000 grant will help secure a bright future at St Edmund's, Roundhay

Restoration work at St Edmund’s, Roundhay, has received a £60,000 boost to help secure its future.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant is a substantial contribution towards the £130,000 project for restoration work required to the exterior of the building.

"Everyone is delighted as this enables us to repair part of the roof to ensure the church building is watertight for generations to come," said project co-ordinator Richard Brett.

"The church is well used by the worshipping congregation and by the community at large for a wide range of cultural, community and festival events, attracting thousands of visitors a year.  Money raised will contribute towards enabling increased community use, education and engagement with this beautiful parish church and its heritage."

The large Grade II listed building is adapted to enable access and engagement for a wide range of special needs and the grant funding will also help improve communications through electronic media and church signage. A full programme of educational and special events are planned to celebrate the heritage of the church.

Richard added: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players. St Edmund’s Church has been a focus for community activity in Roundhay for the past 100 years, and it’s great to know that we are now able to preserve it for another century.”

Revd Nigel Wright, vicar of St Edmund’s said: “This is wonderful news and we are extremely grateful for the help and assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund team. This funding will help ensure that this much-loved place of Christian worship and community engagement will serve the community for generations to come.”

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