St Peter’s Parochial Church Council has received a grant of up to £195,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship to continue the repair of their beautiful Victorian church and to develop volunteering and heritage learning for local schools. St Peter’s is required to raise a further £15,000 funding over the next few months to support the work.
Consecrated in 1874, Grade II listed St Peter’s Church is an important part of the heritage of Highfields, one of the most diverse and disadvantaged neighbourhoods in England. The Church remains in urgent need of repairs and is listed as a Priority A on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register, and Category A on Leicester City Council’s Heritage at Risk Register.
The Parochial Church Council will now be able to start repairing the church roofs, focusing on the areas most in need of attention. Carrying out the roof repairs on the side aisles and part of the Nave roof will leave the church weather-tight and will allow the PCC to extend heritage learning with local primary schools and increase the community use of the building. The work will include removing asbestos from the areas concerned.
A programme of HLF and Diocese of Leicester funded stonework repairs to the church tower is currently nearing completion, which will enable the roofs to be repaired without the risk of further damage.
For over 140 years St Peter’s Church has stood at the centre of its community as a symbol of stability in midst of constant change and development. It has become the spiritual home of the Caribbean Anglican community, the place to where the community always comes at times of need.
Priest-in- Charge of St Peter’s Church, Rev’d Jonathan Surridge, says “We are thrilled to have received the further support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, demonstrating their faith in the future sustainability of St Peter’s Church as an important place of worship, a place of welcome and hospitality, and a place of service to the local community.”
Jon Ashworth, MP for Leicester South and a Patron of the Project, says “This is a significant investment by the HLF in this important heritage building in the heart of Highfields, which will be appreciated by the community for many years to come.”
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For further information and interviews, please contact
Rev’d Jonathan Surridge, Priest-in- Charge, St Peter’s Church, Highfields
Mobile: 0116 318 0680
Ted Cassidy MBE, St Peter’s Project Manager
Mobile: 07757 706 556
Email: Ted Cassidy@ntlworld.com