Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Historic Church Receives Lottery Funding

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £138,900 to pay for repairs and improvements to an important religious landmark in North West England.

The lottery funds will be used to complete urgent repairs to the roof Ss Peter, Paul and St Philomenas Church in New Brighton—commonly referred to as 'The Dome of Home'.

A portion of the funds will be used to further weatherproof the building by repointing the brickwork.

A new accessible toilet is also on the agenda and church visitors will be provided with a range of new activities designed to provide a better appreciation of the Dome of Home's art and architecture.

The church was built in 1935 and was given its unusual nickname by World War II sailors because its distinctive roof was so easily recognizable on their approach to Liverpool.

Wallasey councilor Paul Hayes said: "It is terrific news that the Heritage Lottery Fund are continuing their support for the Dome of Home. This church's contribution to the heritage of Wirral is substantial and this is widely recognized by members of our community.

A new guide book will be released at Easter and a new website will provide further information about the Dome of Home and its rich cultural heritage.

Canon Amaury Montjean (rector of the church) said: "Following the enormous success of our first Heritage Open Days last September, we hope to welcome many more visitors throughout the summer on our Guided Tours."

The Heritage Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing a share of the funds raised by UK National Lottery Good Causes. HLF grants are awarded to projects designed to sustain and transform the British Heritage.