One of our churches wins national award for best maintained church

One of our churches has won a national award for being the best maintained church in the UK.
The team that looks after Christ Church Sowerby Bridge has won the 2020 Nayler Award for the UK’s best maintained church, presented by the National Churches Trust.
The award and a prize of £7,500 was presented to Peter Henry, Church Warden of Christ Church at the National Churches Trust’s Local Treasures event, held on Friday November 20.
Judges were impressed with how maintenance was a well-organized team effort involving the architect, Parochial Church Council, churchwardens and volunteers, and the impact this had made on keeping the church well maintained.
The maintenance team use social media to share news about maintenance with the congregation, making sure that the whole church community is aware of key issues.
Peter Henry, Church Warden at Christ Church said: “On behalf of the PCC I would like to thank you for this award. 
“It means a lot to us and our congregation. 
“Without them a lot of the work that we have undertaken here would not have actually happened. 
“2021 sees our five-year quinquennial inspection, where we will put our maintenance plan in place to take us through the next five years. 
“The grant that we received today will help towards carrying out maintenance work highlighted in this.”
Christ Church opened in May 1821, but its roots go back to 1526. 
The architect responsible for the current building was John Oates of Halifax, who produced what was described as being “a handsome and commodious chapel of the Gothic order of architecture”.
Picture courtesy of Richard Rogerson.

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