A GRADE II listed church which needs urgent repair work has been awarded nearly £80,000.
Christ Church in Bala has received a grant of almost £80,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out repairs to its tower.
At the moment there is damp coming through the wall of the tower which is filtering water down through the matrix of the wall to the lower levels.
The money will pay for a “through the wall” damp proof membrane which will stop this from happening.
The work will also provide safer access to the top floor of the tower for future inspection and maintenance of the building and will also include the re-pointing of the tower and spire with traditional lime mortar.
Work on the tower began in July and should be finished by the end of the year.
Revd Nia Morris, Vicar of Christ Church, Bala said: “We were fortunate to receive Heritage Lottery Funding in 2007 for the refurbishment of our church and for repairs to the roof.
“Therefore the Heritage Lottery Fund’s promised grant towards the tower project will mean that the whole of the church building will have received attention.”
Local contractor Osborne Associates of Bodwelwyddan has been appointed as well as Ruthin architect, John Pugh from Llanfair DC.
Explaining the importance of the award, Head of HLF in Wales Jennifer Stewart said: “Wales’ many churches are an important part of our shared heritage and are strongly associated with the local identity of the towns and villages they serve.
“We are thrilled that this new grant will complete the programme of works and help secure the future of Christ Church Bala to be enjoyed by present and future generations not just as a place of worship, but as a focus for community activity.”