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Churches granted cash for repairs
Kirkham Parish Church - pic courtesy of www.lancashireparishcouncils.gov.uk
Kirkham Parish Church will get one of the biggest UK grants
Thirteen historic churches in the North West have been awarded thousands of pounds to help fund vital repairs.

The English Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund have granted the cash to repair timber decay, gutter problems and damaged church spires.

St Michael's Parish Church in Kirkham, Lancashire, will get 396,000, one of the biggest grants in the country.

St Michael in the Hamlet Parish Church, Liverpool, will also get cash to repair its leaking iron and slate roof.

Churches to benefit
St Michael in the Hamlet Parish Church in Liverpool
Holy Name of Jesus Church, Chorlton on Medlock
St Peter's Church, Darwen
St Michael's Parish Church, Kirkham
St James Church, Whitehaven
St Andrew, Eccles
Our Lady and St Hubert, Great Harwood
St John the Baptist, Tuebrook
St Leonard's Church, Warmingham
St Mary, Stockport
St Christopher's Church, Norris Green
St Phillip Neri University Church, Liverpool
St Thomas the Martyr Church, Upholland

Many of the buildings are Grade I or II listed.

Henry Owen-John, the English Heritage Regional Director for the North West, said: "The substantial financial support English Heritage provides to church buildings and other places of worship through this scheme is a drop in the ocean compared with the huge amounts raised by dedicated volunteers and popular support.

"Places of worship are close to the heartbeat of our communities - the baptisms, weddings and funerals of the people we love take place in these buildings.

Sue Fisher from the Heritage Lottery Fund said: "We are adding further awards to the 304m we have given through a number of our grant programmes which benefit this rich heritage, but the needs of repair and conservation work continue to be greater than can be met from the Lottery.

"These places are precious to our communities and part of our collective identity."

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