National Lottery Heritage Fund

Holy Name roof restoration
Holy Name Church Oxford Road welcomes visitors on Heritage Open Days 13-22 SeptemberManchester’s only Grade 1 listed Catholic church was built by Joseph Hansom in 1871 and formed the heart of the community for thousands of Irish immigrant workers for over 100 years until housing clearances dispersed the population.The Holy Name has recently interviewed many people about their memories of its heyday as a parish.  During the heritage open days there will be displays in the church to...
Kevin Wyber with a group of students
The parish community of St Aloysius in Garnethill Glasgow responded with generous and practical help to the needs of mainly Syrian refugees three years ago.  A team of nearly 40 volunteers, led by retired teacher Kevin Wyber, set up an English language school for speakers of other languages (ESOL), which now sees 50 refugees and asylum seekers each week.Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the volunteers are launching a new project to engage these new members of the Glasgow...
Mark Pearce & Nathan Lee on the roof of the Holy Name Church
You could walk past the magnificent Holy Name Church on Manchester’s bustling Oxford Road and barely notice the vast scaffolding system erected over the north transept, set back, as it is, from the road.  Even once inside the church the high-level works are discretely cordoned off and have minimal impact on worshippers.But the view from the top of the scaffolding down into the church roof is quite spectacular. The gutters and downpipes of the north transept have not been replaced...