THE bells are peeling once more at Christ Church Friezland following extensive restoration works.
The repairs to the roof, spire and tower have been completed thanks to significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, along with donations from generous local benefactors.
The works will ensure the listed place of worship, built in 1850 by famous local architect George Shaw, will continue to serve the community for many years to come.
Tony Littlewood, chairman of the Church Fabric and Maintenance Committee, said: “If the Whitehead Brothers who owned the Royal George Mill can look down on the beautiful Christ Church, Friezland, that they founded I hope they will be very pleased with the work that has been carried out.
“Resplendent in gold leaf the cross on top of the spire glints again in the sunshine as a fitting tribute to George Shaw’s Victorian Gothic creation.
“Now the scaffolding has been removed we can see the pointing between the stones that has all been replaced with the correct lime mortar to help the tower and spire breath again.
“All of the internal perished plaster has been removed and we are almost finished replacing it in readiness for painting in the New Year.”
He continued: “We are indebted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for granting us the bulk of the funds required along with the monies raised by our own congregation and substantial donations from people living in the Parish.
“We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout this period.
“Anybody living in an old building knows that there is always maintenance work to attend to so we continue to raise funds to ensure the future of this lovely Church.”
During the work, the church remained open for almost all regular services along with weddings, baptisms, funerals, the weekly coffee shop and Little Lights Toddlers Group.
The church hall across the road offers a junior pre-school group and caters for parties, anniversaries and wedding receptions alongside various evening classes and musical events.
There is a warm and friendly welcome for all at the church’s regular services which are:
• Eucharist (communion) 9.30am on first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays and 9.30am on Tuesdays and 7pm on Thursdays
• Morning Prayer (No communion) 9.30am on 3rd Sundays
• Junior Church every Sunday in term-time with second Sundays extra-family friendly.