Prayers are answered again by lottery funding

Dalziel St Andrew's Parish Church
Dalziel St Andrew's Parish Church

A major upgrade of a Motherwell church can take another step forward after a second grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland.

Earlier this year Dalziel St Andrew’s was successful with an application under the Listed Places of Worship Grants Scheme and now the congregation’s ‘second round’ submission has won approval.

The fabric of the 1874 building needs an overhaul with the roof and walls requiring attention. After an extensive upgrade of the interior of the buildings, it’s planned to start the latest work next month and complete it before the winter.

Throughout the Makeover Project – Forward for Jesus the congregation’s property convener, Douglas Graham, has been guided by conservation architect George Waterston, of LBG Waterston in Bothwell.

Mr Waterston said: ”It has been a privilege to be retained to work on this important listed building in the heart of Motherwell.

“The opportunity is now here to complete the essential work to the external fabric which will enhance the building and ensure its continued use for many years.“

Parish minister Rev Derek Hughes added: “Our congregation has been steadfast and sure in its continued support for our upgrade project and we look forward to the final phases, which will set us up well to continue to serve the Lord.”

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, was only too pleased to offer further support for the project.

He said: “With its striking architecture, Dalziel St Andrew’s Church is an important part of Motherwell’s history.

“We are pleased to be able to help secure its future so it can continue to play a valuable role improving the life of many in the community for more years to come.”