The Grade II listed Church of the Holy Trinity in Parr Mount, St Helens has been given a £239,400 lottery award for restoration and development work.
The Church Buildings Council gave support to the diocese and parish as part of its "Open and Sustainable Churches" programme, encouraging the parish to develop its building rather than close it. The church building is almost unique in being built of reused slag from nearby chemical and glassworks, and is therefore an embodiment of the industrial history of the area. It is also one of the first buildings to use the Glulam (laminated strips of wood glued together) technique for its roof structure.
Anne Sloman, Chair of the Church Buildings Council said "we are delighted that the parish has been successful in obtaining this generous grant from the HLF, and is working with local charities to develop the building as a place of worship and a community resource. This shows how, with the right leadership and support, parishes can engage with their communities for the benefit of all, using our wonderful church buildings as catalysts for regeneration and hope, even in the most economically deprived areas".