ONE of Warrington’s best known churches will be open to explain to visitors about the plans to conserve it for the future.

All Saints Church in Thelwall is currently under going a large conservation project.

And to mark Heritage Open Day a day entitled conservation conversations takes place next Friday, September 20.

Between 9.30am and 4.30pm you can meet the team working to conserve the fabric and decoration of this 19th century church and learn more about crafts, skills and processes involved in this project.

Join in on the day and enjoy

  •  Site tours
  •  Repair and conservation demonstrations of stonework and masonry (all day)
  •  Stained glass (afternoon only)
  •  A chance for you to ‘Have a Go’
  •  Displays
  •  Refreshments

The conservation project has been funded through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Project “175: Legacies in the Landscape – past, present and future” has been granted funding of £162,700 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Speaking at the time, Rev Douglas Black, from All Saints, said: “It’s just like we won the Lottery ourselves.

“Thanks to National Lottery players we are going to be able to repair and restore our beautiful church and continue to serve the community in Thelwall and beyond.

“There is so much local history tied up with our church.”

The delivery phase involves planned capital works in four areas:

The exterior of the building will be extensively renovated, re-pointed with Lime mortar and where needed stone blocks will be replaced, or faced with new stone.

The 1894 Shrigley & Hunt mural above the chancel arch will be restored to its original condition.

The stained glass windows will be cleaned and repaired – some of the windows are in need of a lot of work, and may have to be removed from the church for a time.

The marble altar steps will be replaced with new stone. The two sets of steps have been crumbling for years.

  •  There is limited parking at church, so organisers are asking for everyone to use the Parish Hall Car Park or take the Cat5 bus to Pickering Arms stop and walk back to the church.