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Grimshaw Street church featured in major new fundraising drive to save church spires

Posted on - 27th July, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, News, Preston City Centre
Grimshaw Street church spire needs urgent repair work Pic: foxter66

Grimshaw Street church spire needs urgent repair work Pic: foxter66

A heritage group is warning the future of a Preston church spire could be under-threat.

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Grimshaw Street Seven Day Adventist Church spire can be glimpsed as you drive into the city – and it could be falling into disrepair.

A fundraising drive has been launched to raise £250,000 to fix up 40 listed parish churches needing urgent repair work.

The church in the centre of Preston, just off Church Street, is one of those due to benefit from the money.

Claire Walker, CEO of the National Churches Trust, said: “Soaring high above their surroundings, church spires were often built as an attempt to get as close to Heaven as possible. Sadly, these days many are in danger of going in the other direction.

“Now, through our ‘Save our Spires’ appeal, we want to be able to continue to work with congregations and other funders to help repair more of the UK’s church spires. I also hope that in cities, towns and villages where spires are at risk, people of all faiths and none will support the fundraising efforts of local churches seeking to repair these amazing architectural achievements so that they can be enjoyed by our children and children’s children.”

In February 2012 the Grimshaw Street church received £188,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for repairing the roof and the west window.

Anyone wishing to donate to the campaign can do so via the National Churches Trust website.

Do you attend the church? What do you think of the potential funding? Let us know in the comments below

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