In March 2020, SS Peter, Paul and St Philomena Shrine Church in New Brighton was awarded a Heritage Grant of £362,900 by National Lottery for a new project to complete the restoration of the roof and the dome. As the country begins its recovery from Covid-19, they have been given permission to start work and contractors will begin to scaffold the dome and main sanctuary roofs at the end of June. The restoration work will be seen for miles across Wirral and Merseyside and work continue for six months.
Some of the project activities will be delayed due to the lockdown, but in line with current social distancing guidelines, they hope to arrange Scaffolding Tours for the public as part of the National Heritage Open Days in September and a conference for Heritage professionals.
Work on collecting memories for a very special Heritage Memory Book has now begun remotely with partners. The book will celebrate the history of the church and it’s place in the life of New Brighton in the 85 years since it was built. If you would like to share your memories and photos of New Brighton, please get in touch with Joyce by email at email@example.com .
Canon Montjean, Rector of the church said, “We are delighted to reopen our church for two hours every day, from 5-7pm, in accordance with diocesan safety guidelines, so that local people can pay a visit to our sanctuary in safety. As lockdown is eased, this may change so please check our website for updated times. We look forward to welcoming you.”