St Paul’s Church in Chichester is celebrating after receiving £74,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to help improve disabled access.
The church, in Churchside, will use the cash to support the disabled and vulnerable in the parish.
At the same time, the church will be able to press on with its plan to organise and deliver an inclusive ten day heritage festival for the community, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the amalgamation of St Paul’s with St Peter’s the Great – planned for June 13 – 21.
The proposals for improved access have been aired both to the congregation and to user groups of the church centre, over two consultation meetings and a presentation, and have met with an enthusiastic response.
Planning permission has also been granted. The church has also received support from Chichester City Council and the Duke and Duchess of Richmond.
The Rector, Canon Simon Holland, said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Fund has recognised our work in this way.
“St Paul’s Church and Parish Centre are open every day of the year, and we are keen to make them as safe and accessible as possible.
“The National Lottery Heritage Fund grant will ensure that they are truly welcoming for those who are disabled or infirm, as well as for parents with buggies and for young children.
“It will enable us to serve the community in a more inclusive way, and we are extremely grateful.”