The Church of the Holy Evangelist, Carnmoney, has received a grant of £8,000 from the National Churches Trust to facilitate the replacement of rainwater goods and storm drainage.
This is part of the Treasure Ireland project from the National Churches Trust funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Pilgrim Trust and the Department for Communities. Treasure Ireland grants facilitate urgent repairs and routine maintenance to help support places of worship across Northern Ireland.
Work has been ongoing at the church for several months – in a social media post, Carnmoney Parish outlined that the cast iron guttering had rust away beyond repair and any rainwater in the gullies around the church was slow to disappear as it worked on a soak away system which gave rise to problems with flooding in heavy rain in the boiler house under the church.
In 2022, following discussions with an architect, it was apparent that the gutter would need to be replaced and a new drainage system installed. The total cost of the works was estimated at £37,000.
The grant from the National Churches Trust will help towards these costs. In the social media statement, the parish said: “We are pleased to have been able to have this work carried out at it ensures that our church is continuing to be kept in a good state of repair for future generations.”