THEY’VE replaced the roof and are now hoping to cover the crumbling ceiling.
Huddersfield Parish Church has embarked on its latest project to get the church fully open and operational.
With sections of the ceiling falling down, part of the church has had to be closed off to the public for more than two years.
English Heritage has given a £125,000 grant towards the project, but the work is expected to cost £200,000.
Now the church has launched a sponsorship appeal and are asking people to sponsor a ceiling panel.
Canon Catherine Ogle, Vicar of Huddersfield, said: “Many areas of the roof are stained with water penetration and water damaged mouldings have fallen off over many years.
“The ceiling has been in a poor state of repair but things are looking up now we have replaced the roof and are fully watertight. We can now carry out these repairs with confidence.”
The ceiling has been deteriorating for some time and falls of plaster in 2008 led to protective netting being installed to protect people in the main area of the nave.
The side balconies have been out of bounds for safety reasons since 2009.
It’s meant reduced seating which forced the Remembrance Sunday Service to be relocated to Huddersfield Town Hall.
Canon Ogle added: “During 2008 we renovated and strengthened the balconies and we are longing to be able to offer the whole of the church again for large civic and community events.
“We are hoping that everyone who appreciates this fine building will want to help us raise our sights and meet the challenge of this appeal.”
Church members are hoping its ceiling appeal will help raise the remaining £75,000 to fund the work.
People can sponsor ceiling panels which cost between £5 and £50.
The name of sponsors will be recorded on a plan of the ceiling in the church.
Further information about the appeal is on display in the church.