Chancel restoration scheme gets approval

Example of plaster damage in the Chancel

St James is pleased to announce the next phase of the church restoration has been approved by the Diocese of Manchester and a contract has been awarded to Lloyd & Smith of Oldham. Work will start on Monday 25th March 2019, and is anticipated to take 14 weeks.

Lloyd & Smith have had a long association with St James more recently completing roof repairs and re-slating of the north aisle. With over 15 years of experience in specialist restoration and conservation, Lloyd and Smith have established themselves a national reputation in church restoration schemes. Lloyd and Smith will also be undertaking the restoration of our War Memorial as part of this scheme.

Our long-term vision for St James is to make our building a church fit for the 21st Century, one that will serve the local community of Milnrow on a daily basis rather than just at service times. Our commitment was always to restore the chancel so that the building remains inexcusably recognised as a church, a place of worship.

Once completed, phase 2 of our vision will involve closer links with the local community and local authority to develop an ambitious plan to ensure the remainder of the building can serve the needs of Milnrow better. St James would like to thank Friends of Milnrow Parish for their continued support. Without all the hard work of volunteers at Village Treasures none of these projects would be possible.

Fundraising initiatives will be ongoing to support our vision. If you have any ideas for fundraising or would like to help in some way, please let us know via