All Saints church in Barry has received a £20,000 National Churches Trust Repair grant to help fund urgent roof repairs.
The church currently suffers from a roof that not only lets water in when it rains, but also consists of roof tiles that constantly appear to be falling off.
The grant means that All Saints will be transformed into a structurally sound and watertight building able to showcase its heritage to its full potential, as well as becoming a ‘fit for purpose’ fully functioning community building again.
Welcoming the grant, the Revd Ben Andrews, Rector of Barry, said, “We are delighted to receive this grant which is a huge help in this important project. It will be wonderful to have a long awaited new roof on All Saints Barry which will then allow us to ensure the building can be fully engaging with the community.”
Paul Donovan, Chair of the Roof Restoration Project added: “We are most grateful to the National Churches Trust for their generous grant which is supporting us towards our target of £230,000. With this additional grant we will be able to start work on the roof next month – it is due for completion in December 2017. This means that for most of the winter season we will be warm and dry and we will be able to concentrate our efforts on serving the community of Barry and beyond.”
All Saints church was built to meet the needs of the increase in population following the construction of the Barry Docks. The foundation stone was laid on 8 February 1907. The 74-foot tower has 135 steps. A clock and peal of bells, weighing in at 3.4 tons, were installed in 1946 as a war memorial and thanksgiving for peace.
Huw Edwards, Broadcaster and Journalist and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said: “I’m delighted that All Saints church in Barry is to be saved for the future with the help of a £20,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant. This will ensure that the church remains open and a key community resource for local people.”
Picture shows All Saints Church.