Methlick delight at church repair cash

Rev Will Stalder of Methlick Parish Church
Rev Will Stalder of Methlick Parish Church

Work on long-awaited repairs to Methlick Parish Church could get under way later this year after it was awarded a major grant.

The funding of £78,000 will allow preparations to start for vital roof repairs to the 150-year-old building.

We want the church to be a haven, a place of peace for the parish for generations to come

Rev Will Stalder Methlick Parish Church

Methlick minister Rev Will Stalder has been describing the congregation’s delight at receiving the grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.

He said: “To receive the funding was a huge surprise and a blessing.

“Our roof is original to the building, which is about 150 years old, and is in dire need of repair.

“Slaters are falling and water is getting in, so to receive the grant for £78,000 is a huge answer to prayer.

“We want the church to be a haven, a place of peace for the parish for generations to come and the fact we have received this money is one step towards that.”

Mr Stalder explained that when the application for funding was lodged in January they were hopeful of being successful.

He added: “When I was told that we had been granted the money I was just gobsmacked. It is a huge boost for us.”

The repairs to the roof are estimated to cost around £130,000 and the remaining money will be raised through further grant applications and fund-raising events in the parish.

Mr Stalder said: “The church is about the people and people have memories of this church. It is the hub of the community.”

Methlick and 42 other churches throughout Scotland, from, a variety of denominations, will now be made weathertight, safe and open for use.

Money is also being provided for structural investigations, specialsit reports and bat surveys.

It is part of a wider funding package of £30 million to 502 historic places of worship across the UK.