MEMBERS of St Peter’s Church in Felkirk are shouting from the rooftops after receiving a grant of £20,000 to go towards essential repair work.
The cash was given by the Waste Recycling Environmental Heritage Fund, which helps to protect Grade I and II listed buildings and structures of historical importance across the UK, and will go towards the mammoth task of replacing the roof – at a cost of around £200,000.
Church member John Dean, who voluntarily looks after the building and grounds on Church Road, said he was delighted to receive the money.
He said: “There was no way a small village like ours could have raised that amount of money so we are so grateful for it.”
Work will start as soon as contractors are brought in.
The church received a donation of £85,000 in February from English Heritage, as well as other grants totalling more than £50,000 from Garfield Western Trust, All Churches Trust, and the Church Commission.
They also managed to raise a staggering £15,000 from the community earlier this year when they launched their sponsor a slate appeal – which involved people paying money for a slate for the new roof.
Mr Dean thanked the community for their support.
He said: “It has been a long hard slog during the past 18 months and I have had many sleepless nights over the church, but it is finally on its way to becoming restored.”
The church has stood in the village for 900 years.
He said: “Each generation has looked after it and now it’s our turn.”
The roof is expected to be complete by the start of 2013.