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No more leaks for Kingsway Church

An urgent project to repair a serious roof leak at Kingsway Church in Wombourne has been completed thanks to a grant of £21,000 from Enovert Community Trust. 

When the church re-opened after the first national lockdown ended in June 2020, it was discovered that the building’s flat roof had failed and the upper floors had suffered significant water damage. 

Church Pastor, John Hiram Price, said: “I was shocked to see the extent of the damage upon re-entering Kingsway Church; the roof was beyond repair, and the upper storey needed a complete refurbishment to put right considerable water damage. We desperately needed to replace the entire roof to ensure the church was watertight in time for the wet winter weather. 

“We are indebted to Enovert Community Trust for its generous grant, without which the project would not have been possible. Considering the urgency of our situation, we were very impressed with the speed with which our application was processed by the Trust, which ensured we could get back to serving the local community as quickly as possible.” 

Wombourne is one of England’s largest villages and Kingsway Church offers a busy and varied programme of community activity and support seven days a week, as well as seasonal events. The church welcomes over 400 regular weekly users and hosts a range of groups including youth clubs, educational classes, pre-school groups, a food bank, and a carers support group. 

Enovert Community Trust provided its grant through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), an innovative tax credit scheme that enables Landfill Operators to contribute money to a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites.  

The Trust has previously provided Kingsway Church with a grant of nearly £9,000 towards a fire safety project, which was completed last year. 

Angela Haymonds, Trust Secretary of Enovert Community Trust, said: "Kingsway Church serves as a venue for a wide range of community activities and events, and is an essential amenity for local people. The Trustees were delighted to provide a grant to fund the roof replacement and refurbishment project.”