The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, through the Catholic Trust for England and Wales, is one of 14 organisations across England to receive funding for church repairs thanks to the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. An award of £2.9m to support the 17 repair projects has been made. This second round of funding from the ‘Cultural Recovery Fund’ was announced on Friday 22 October and follows on from the grant of just over £3 million that the Catholic Trust for England and Wales received in the first round last year.
This brings the total funding for outstanding Catholic churches in England to just over £6 million under this grant stream. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has expressed its gratitude to Historic England for making this possible.
On this occasion one of the beneficiaries of the grants is St Cuthbert’s Church in Bradford. Built in 1891, St Cuthbert’s is one of five Grade II* Listed Churches in the Diocese and famous for its artworks by Eric Gill and its associations with Mgr John O’Connor, Parish Priest from 1919 to 1952, and the inspiration behind GK Chesterton’s ‘Father Brown’ stories. The grant of over £135,000 will go towards addressing some urgent roof repairs at the church identified in a structural survey by the parish’s architectural advisors.