Restoration of slate roof and brickwork made possible by grant aid
St Catherine’s Church, Horwich, as seen in 2013. This year we shall see a fully restored slate roof, LED lighting and restored brickwork. Image by Plucas58 (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license).
The churchgoers of St. Catherine’s Church in Horwich, Lancashire, are set to benefit from much needed restoration work thanks to successful grant applications. The Church of England place of worship on Queen Street, off Chorley New Road, has received three grants. Two of which came from Viridor’s Landfill Communities Fund, with £10,599 is going towards the repair of its slate roof. A further £20,000 grant will pay for lighting improvements, with a change towards LED lighting systems.
The largest of the three grants came from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to the tune of £133,000. All three grants will ensure the church’s survival for another 115 years. In all, more than £160,000 has gone towards the repointing and restoration of its slate roof, brickwork, and roof pointing.
St. Catherine’s Church opened in 1902 to serve the expanding population of Horwich. Back then, the town was booming thanks to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway’s Horwich Loco Works. It remains as part of the town’s fabric in 2017 as it did in 1902. With its slate roof and terracotta details, it is a symbol of the town’s prosperity in the Edwardian times.
In The Bolton News, Reverend Michael Behrend said: “We’re really pleased to have completed this project with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Viridor Credits.
“This building has been an important symbol of the local community for over 100 years and it is great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for another century.”
As well as regular church services, St. Catherine’s Church is available for hire as a children’s party and concert venue. There is a Tiny Tots group on Wednesday mornings.