On Tuesday 21st April, the UHCT ran a seminar on 'Church Care and Funding Sources' in the Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity at Magherlin.  The event was well attended with over 75 partipants.  Following a welcome by the Rector, the Revd. Canon Gareth Harron, Des Cairns gave an overview of the work that the church had undertaken using a repair grant from the National Churches Trust.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust and Matthew Seward, Deputy Chief Executive then gave a presentation on the types of grant available from the National Churches Trust, and encouraged all churches, both listed and unlisted, to consider making an application for funding.  This was particularly welcome news to churches as the final speaker, Manus Deery, Assistant Director of NIEA, had the unfortunate task of stating that listed A and B+ churches had little prospect of grant aid from NIEA for the foreseeable future.  Whilst NIEA would be able to honour grant offers to projects which had approval and were already underway, finance had been drastically cut leading to the decision not to offer any further grants for listed buildings.  NIEA would still be able to provide advice to any listed churches intending to carry out works and would welcome the opportunity to help with sources of funding.

The morning ended with a lively Question and Answer session ably chaired by UHCT Trustee, the Venerable Dr Stephen McBride. More informal discussions were then continued over a very pleasant lunch served by the ladies of the church.   b2ap3_thumbnail_Audience-at-seminar.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Waiting-for-the-seminar-to-start.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Speakers-and-Trustees-at-the-seminar.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Revd.-Canon-Gareth-Harron-introduces-the-proceedings.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Claire-Walker-talks-about-the-work-of-the-NCT.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Des-Cairns-talks-about-the-work-carried-out.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Manus-Deery-offers-advice-from-NIEA.jpg