St Wilfrid’s in Ripon has received £4,000 to ensure that restoration work of the three altars at eastern end of its nave and aisles can get underway.
This impressive Grade II* listed church was built in 1862 and houses an original ornate reredos designed by Edward Pugin. Today, St Wilfrid’s is recognised as one of the finest Catholic parish churches in England.
The congregation and local community have rallied behind this much-loved church to help with the fundraising effort, taking part in an abseiling challenge and holding a concert and craft exhibition, among many other initiatives.
Barry Price from St Wilfrid’s said: “We were delighted to receive this grant from the YHCT. The church opened its doors over 160 years ago and continues to be a special place for all who visit. Preserving this Yorkshire jewel for future generations is a daunting task, but with the help and support from organisations like to the YHCT, and the fundraising efforts of the local community, we are able to undertake the much-needed restoration works.”
Tom Ramsden, chairman of the YHCT, said: “As well as being a place of worship, many of Yorkshire’s churches and chapels provide much needed support services to the local community. Many parishes face severe challenges in keeping their buildings open and in good repair, but thanks to the generosity of our friends and donors, we are delighted to be able to help preserve these wonderful historic buildings and help secure their future.”