St Leonard’s Church, Monyash, has been awarded £11,000 by County Cllr Simon Spencer’s Community Leadership Fund. The grant will be used towards the cost of reordering the bell tower to include a glazed ringing gallery on the first floor, raising the clock chamber to the second floor and installing a toilet, cleaner’s cupboard and small kitchen area on the ground floor making the church more accessible to all and to the United Benefice which includes the parishes of Taddington, Chelmorton, Hartington, Earl Sterndale and Biggin. Other monies have been raised by a legacy, donations and fundraising.
Cllr Spencer presented the cheque to the vicar, the Rev Richard Benson, during Lent lunches which are held in church each Wednesday.
Members of the church are delighted with the generous grant which will assist in their aim to use the church for more community activities.
The work will commence within the next few weeks and the project should take about three months to complete.