Church completes urgent roof repairs thanks to grant from community trust

A village church has been able to repair a serious roof leak after receiving grant help.

The leaking roof has been replaced at Kingsway Church in Wombourne, thanks to a £21,000 grant
The leaking roof has been replaced at Kingsway Church in Wombourne, thanks to a £21,000 grant

Kingsway Church in Wombourne was awarded £21,000 by the Enovert Community Trust to help replace the roof, which had failed during the first national lockdown, leaving the upper floors with significant water damage.

Church pastor, John Hiram Price, said the church desperately needed to replace the entire roof to ensure the church was watertight in time for the winter.

He said: “I was shocked to see the extent of the damage upon re-entering Kingsway Church; the roof was beyond repair, and the upper storey needed a complete refurbishment to put right considerable water damage.

“We are indebted to Enovert Community Trust for its generous grant, without which the project would not have been possible.

“Considering the urgency of our situation, we were very impressed with the speed with which our application was processed by the trust, which ensured we could get back to serving the local community as quickly as possible.”

'Delighted'

Kingsway Church offers a busy and varied programme of community activity and support seven days a week, as well as seasonal events.

The church welcomes more than 400 regular weekly users and hosts a range of groups including youth clubs, educational classes, pre-school groups, a food bank, and a carers support group.

The trust has previously provided Kingsway Church with a grant of nearly £9,000 towards a fire safety project, which was completed last year.

Angela Haymonds, trust secretary of Enovert Community Trust, said: “Kingsway Church serves as a venue for a wide range of community activities and events, and is an essential amenity for local people.

“The trustees were delighted to provide a grant to fund the roof replacement and refurbishment project.”

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