Church Restoration Appeal
Over the last few years, it had become obvious during periods of bad weather, that all was not well with the chruch roof. Following an architect’s inspection which described re-slating the roof as urgent, the PCC decided that action was needed. The storms of winter 2015 highlighted this need further. Following the inspection it was decided that the entire south-facing half of the roof would have to be repaired, with some of the timber and slates needing to be replaced.
After applying for funding to the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship's Roof Repair Fund, St. John's got the exciting news in June 2016 that they had been awarded £100,000 to put towards the work. The terms of the grant meant that St John’s congregation had to find approximately £40 000 to make up the total cost of the work, with which to replace the south-facing half of the roof. This started a major effort to raise funds, with additional grants awarded from the National Churches Trust, ChurchCare and the Jill Franklin Trust and a donation of £1000 from Workington Town Council and donations from local businesses. The parishioners played their part with concerts, an art exhibition, Christmas fair and other fundraising events.
While the roof work was being carried out, closer inspection of the tower was possible, and the need has been identified for a second phase of work to make the tower secure and watertight. The windows and the north roof also need attention, so St John’s will be involved in restoration works for some time to come. The former Roof Appeal has become a more general Restoration Appeal.