A Bolton-le-Sands church which was affected by the theft of lead from its roof has been turned down by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Holy Trinity CE Church was unsuccessful in an application for £220,000 towards urgent repairs on the building.
The total cost of the repair work on the roof is estimated at £270,000.
Thieves struck in May 2013 and stole the lead from the roof. This uncovered an area of the roof, which damaged the timber structure and led to water leaking into the building – parts of which date back to the 15th century.
The vicar, Rev Nancy Goodrich, said: “We’re very disappointed that we were unsuccessful. We’re looking into applying again to the Heritage Lottery Fund, but we’re still continuing our own fundraising efforts.
“It’s hugely important that we get the church watertight. On a bad day the rain comes through into the building. We need to stop further damage to this historic and much-loved part of our village.
“We need to save Holy Trinity for future generations.
“This beautiful building belongs to us all. The church is here for the wholecommunity, at the very heart of the village here in Bolton-le-Sands.”
Holy Trinity have already started their own fundraising campaign called ‘Raise the roof, open the door’.
As part of this, a special timeline has been put up in the grounds of the church for people to buy a ‘Bodel’ or section of the timeline.
To help with their fundraising efforts, Holy Trinity have got lots of activities and events planned, with everyone welcome to attend – you don’t need to be a regular churchgoer to go along. Find out more about the church, its activities and campaign at www.bolton-le-sands.org.uk.