£25k for Mansfield Catholic church

MANSFIELD’S historic Grade II-listed St Philip Neri Catholic Church has been awarded a grant of £25,000 to upgrade its dilapidated parish hall.

The development will include the creation of a link between the church and hall by building a front extension.

There will also be an extension to the side of the refurbished hall to accommodate a new kitchen.

Cash has been awarded by the National Churches Trust – the only independent charity dedicated to supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK.

In total the trust is spending £546,000 on 30 places of worship across the country.

Its chief executive, Claire Walker, said: “In these tough economic times, places of worship are finding it harder than ever to pay for essential repairs.

“This is reflected in a major increase in the number of grant applications we are receiving.”

St Philip Neri Church is an Italian Renaissance-style building and paintings include the crucifixion, nativity and resurrection, mounted in the dome.