A LANDMARK church near Corwen that was forced to close its doors three years ago is set to go ahead with plans to repair its spire after securing a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant £123,000 to support vital restoration work.
St Beuno’s Church in Gwyddelwern has been awarded a first round pass by HLF.
This means that providing the plans progress satisfactorily, St Beuno’s will be awarded the money in 2015 and will use it to repair the spire and church tower.
Work will also see the replacing of roof tiles and guttering.
The church closed in 2010 because falling masonry from the roof had made the building unsafe.
It’s hoped that repair work will be completed during 2015 allowing St Beuno’s Church to reopen for church services and community use.
Revd Canon Martin Snellgrove, Rector of Gwyddelwern said: “The Parish of Gwyddelwern and I are delighted that the heritage lottery fund has generously committed this sum for repairing St Beuno's Church.
“It is a prominent building in the village and its repair will make an important statement about the wider community and its facilities.
“We look forward to the church's return to use sometime during 2015.”
Explaining the importance of the funding for the project head of the fund, Jennifer Stewart, added: “We are delighted to be able to support this worthwhile project.
Securing both the immediate and long term future of Wales’ places of worship is extremely
important to the fund, as buildings that provide powerful, visual connections with our past.
“We look forward to seeing how plans are developed for St Beuno’s, making it more sustainable for the future.”