CHURCH members have pledged to try to repair an historic Huddersfield church.
They have agreed to start a massive restoration project at St John’s Church, Birkby – even though it will eventually cost more than £1m.
But there was optimism at a public meeting at the church, when members agreed to launch the first of five phases of the restoration scheme.
Now the dwindling numbers who use the church have to raise £15,000 by the end of the year to kickstart the first phase of the repairs.
About 40 people attended a public meeting at the church and the minister, the Rev Sue Clarke, said she was delighted by the response.
“It went better than I expected. People were very honest and very passionate about what they would like to achieve and we agreed to go to the Church Council with ideas for the first phase.
“If we cannot raise the money, at least we can say we have tried.
“The advice we got from the architects was that we can do the work in phases.
“But there are other practical things we can do like tackling some of the social need in the area, by settling up clubs and groups in the church and perhaps have a drop-in lunch club, which could bring in some funds.”