St Mary Magdalene has a newly repaired roof and rainwater systems, repairs long overdue and completed with the help of a grant from The Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund which was announced in by The Chancellor in March 2015.
Belmont’s award of £11,900 was one of 502 grants awarded nationally from a funding package of £30 million, administered by The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; it is one of seven grants awarded in Durham Diocese.
The grant has generously enhanced the fundraising efforts of the church congregation and members of the community in meeting the overall costs of the repairs – just over £26,000 – which were managed by Architect David Beaumont of Beaumont-Brown, Castle Eden, and David Ferguson, Roofing Contractor of Hayden Bridge.
Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, Vicar of The United Benefice of St Mary Magdalene, Belmont, and St Laurence, Pittington, is delighted with the new look church building, achieved in stormy weather conditions – high winds and heavy rain – during the last two months of 2015:
“St Mary Magdalene is central to this community, not just geographically at the centre of the road leading into Belmont but also in the lives of so many people who live here. Hundreds of people use this building each week, for worship, choir, craft activities and more. Its been great to see how warmly the local community have responded, so that the roof is in good order for the next 150 years.”
Before and after photographs reveal the benefits of having been a grateful recipient of this funding.