A historic Darlington Anglican church has been granted a confirmed award* of £250,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for much-needed repairs and improvements. The building work at Holy Trinity Darlington, in Woodlands Road, is necessary to tackle problems including dry rot in the woodwork supporting the roof and renewing parapet gutters. The church, which has just celebrated its 175th anniversary of being consecrated (6th December 1838), is a grade 11* historic building which has fallen into severe disrepair and is classed as in ‘very bad’ condition on the English Heritage Places of Worship At Risk register, which says it is in urgent need of repair. The Ven Nick Barker, Priest in Charge, said: “This award of the grant is exciting news. Holy Trinity is important to the community of Darlington and the work is essential. “This project will stabilise the building, protect its heritage and allow us to develop facilities to enable it to be more open and available to a wider cross section of the community. “In addition to the repairs, the project will add toilets and a servery to widen public use and engagement with the community. “The project will enable more school visits, concerts, open days and community events to happen and new interpretative material will heighten people’s awareness of the value of the building. “We staged concerts recently by Cockerton Prize Silver Band and Darlington Youth Choir, and have regular school visits from Reid Street and Abbey Schools. We would like to increase the usefulness and availability of the church. “This is a growing church despite its current state of repair. At our Christmas Christingle service we had 28 children in the nativity and the church was packed with 385 adults and children.” Holy Trinity was built as a chapel of ease to St Cuthbert’s church to meet the needs of the expansion of Darlington after the arrival of the railway. It was assigned a parish in 1843. Plans for the church were in place at least by June 1834 when application for a grant was made to the Incorporated Church Building Society. The foundation stone was laid on 4 October 1836. The current roof is the original roof and is 175 years old. About the Heritage Lottery Fund Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 36,000 projects with more than £5.6bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.