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Ongoing Window Restoration

Building for all – St John’s Farsley receives Heritage Lottery Fund grant

St John’s Church Farsley are delighted to announce a confirmed grant of £56,600 towards the repair of their stained glass windows awarded to them by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), ensuring that the Church will be watertight for future generations.

Through HLF’s Grants for Places of Worship scheme St John’s Church can save and restore the significant windows in the building that pay tribute to the achievement of Farsley’s historical figure of Samuel Marsden. One particular window to be restored depicts the figure of Christ in Australian shepherd’s garb.

Samuel Marsden, a vicar born in Farsley, left England to go to Australia taking with him a few Merino sheep. He developed the flock in Australia and later returned to England to demonstrate how strong and superior the wool was from this sheep. He became responsible, amongst others, for the burgeoning of the West Yorkshire woollen industry which flourished in our area thanks to Samuel Marsden’s role as a shepherd. Merino wool became renowned and used in the prolific woollen industry of west Yorkshire.

The HLF grant will help St John’s preserve the significant windows in the church and in particular have helped St John’s identify an important aspect of the heritage of Farsley as depicted in the windows. We are very grateful for this generous grant. Without the help of Heritage Lottery Fund this restoration would not have been done and the windows would have been in danger of being lost for future generations.

Work began on 1st June 2015 and will unfurl during the next year with repairs undertaken on a window by window basis. A number of heritage activities will happen, in particular a Heritage Day in September with a stained glass workshop and new publicity for school visits focussing on the heritage of Farsley as found in the stained glass windows. A window trail is planned for the New Year.  All activities and the restoration work aim to heighten awareness in the community of Farsley’s prominent position within the history of West Yorkshire’s woollen industry.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Fiona Spiers, Head of HLF Yorkshire and Humber, said; “There is a place of worship in almost every ward, village and town across the Yorkshire and Humber region, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past.  This award to St John’s, Farsley will help secure the immediate future of the church enabling its continued use within the community and allow people to learn more about the stories and heritage of the building.”

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 37,000 projects with more than £6bn across the UK including £470m to over 3,200 projects in Yorkshire & the Humber alone.  www.hlf.org.uk @HLFYandH

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