Birmingham & Black Country

St Margaret’s Church in Ward End gets £1m for restoration

St. Margaret’s Church Ward End
Image caption Volunteers will be trained to act as guides for heritage visits to the building

A grade II-listed Birmingham church is to be restored and turned into a community centre with £1m of funding.

St Margaret's Community Trust said St Margaret's Church, built in 1833, at Ward End is rarely used for regular worship and is at risk of vandalism.

The trust has been given £700,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £300,000 from the Veolia Environmental Trust to carry out the work.

Peter Smith, from the trust, hopes it will be completed by 2014.

The money will be used for repair work and to recruit a heritage centre manager.

Volunteers will also be trained to act as guides for heritage visits to the building, the trust said.

Restoration work will include preserving a memorial to historian William Hutton and a stained glass window by pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.

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