PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NATIONAL CHURCHES TRUST
FUNDING BOOST FOR HISTORIC ALNHAM CHURCH
St Michael and All Angels, Alnham, Northumberland, NE66 4TL
Diocese of Newcastle – Church of England – Grade I
Web address: http://coquetdaleanglican.org/alnham/
On Historic England’s Heritage At Risk Register
St Michael and All Angel’s church, Alnham, has received a funding boost in the shape of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant to help fund urgent repairs to the roof, rainwater goods, windows, and bell tower, and treat woodworm and rot, and help remove the church from Historic England’s Heritage At Risk Register
The church is one of 55 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that are set to benefit from rescue funding of £425,183 from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church support charity.
Huw Edwards, Broadcaster and Journalist and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said:
“At the heart of communities in cities, towns and villages, churches are a treasure trove of architecture, history and faith.”
I’m delighted that St Michael and All Angels, Alnham is to be saved for the future with the help of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant.”
“This will help ensure the future of this historic Northumbrian church, which has been at the centre of Alnham for the last thousand years.”
The project will tackle the urgent structural works to the church. These include making the building watertight by repairing the roof; drying out the walls by replacing rainwater goods; repairing cracked gable crosses; treating the woodwork for; restoring the bell tower, which is cracked and leaking; repairing windows; and re-plastering the nave and chancel, including installing new electrical and lighting circuits.
The works will create a warm, dry place for worship and an education and resource centre for the local community. Situated in the Northumberland National Park, a network of footpaths and bridleways radiate from the village. Warm and dry, the church will be able to offer a welcome to all visitors.
St Michael and All Angels is Grade I listed, and the only lasting built feature in the area for the last thousand years. It is not just a place of worship – it bears witness to the changing times in this remote part of the country. The present church building dates from the twelfth century, with a four-bay aisled nave and an elongated chancel.
Andrew Young, Church Warden at St Michael and All Angels, said
“The development of the restoration project at Alnham has been hard work for the small group of volunteers and there has been a number of problems that we have had to overcome. The church are really grateful for all the support we have received and are very excited to be nearing the start on site in May 2018 that will restore our beautiful church.”
“We hope that in due course the church will enjoy a new lease of life and will welcome warmly many, many visitors for another two generations at least and that St Michael and All Angels, Alnham will be embraced by visitors and groups as a venue for peace and reflection, education or meetings and events by larger groups.”