We are delighted to announce that Allchurches Trust have approved a grant of £50,000 to St Mellitus College. This grant will go towards the St Jude's tower and spire structural repairs.
Poor air quality at the end of the C19th meant the St Jude's tower and spire stonework suffered severe corrosion. In 1898 repairs were undertaken with the upper 20ft of the spire being dismantled and rebuilt, with further spire repairs in 1908. The limited repair methods meant that, over time, the cement render fell away, leaving the stonework in a state equal to, or worse than, before the initial repairs. After concern over several pieces of stone falling on public access areas last year, works to fully repair and restore the tower and spire urgently began in April 2017.
These essential works will allow the safe and continued use of St Jude's Church, which is home to St Mellitus College who operate in its purpose built space, fit for theological training.
"Restoring the spire is an important gesture in ensuring that witness continues and that the vital work of St Mellitus for the good of the whole church can carry on developing and growing".
The Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington and President, St Mellitus College.
Allchurches Trust is one of the UK's largest grant-making charities and gave £15.6 million to churches, charities and communities in 2017. The Trust funds projects that tackle homelessness, poverty and social exclusion, enabling individuals and communities to thrive. It also supports the repair, restoration and wider community use of churches and cathedrals of all denominations. St Mellitus College are incredibly grateful to Allchurches Trust for their consideration, recognition and financial support.
James Laing, Director of Grants and Relationships at Allchurches Trust, said:
“The restoration of this building will not only benefit the prospective clergy who train there, but also each of their communities they will go on to support. As well as being a place of world-class study and a building of historic significance, St Mellitus College provides space and facilities for external groups and a large local congregation. We’re delighted to be able to provide funding to ensure that it can continue to enable individuals and communities to thrive in Kensington and across the country.”
Nearly 50% of the funds have now be raised for the tower and spire repairs, however we still have a way to go. If you would like give to St Mellitus College towards this specific project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.