A RAINHILL resident who played a leading role in saving an important local landmark, has been thanked by the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Tom Hargreaves.
St Helens Council was instrumental in securing a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair and preserve the Lych gate at St Ann’s Church in Rainhill.
But it was parishioner Derek Broome who was the driving force behind the project – coordinating the efforts of local people and groups including Rainhill Civic Society.
The lych gate – the covered entrance to the church grounds – was originally built in 1915 and was badly in need or repair.
Rainhill Parish Council added £12,000 to the project, while the church contributed a further £2,000. A member of the local Roby Family also donated £1,000.
In a letter to Derek, Councillor Hargreaves said: “Your tireless efforts to secure the funding ensured that this important preservation work was carried out - and are to be congratulated.
“Your dedication and enthusiasm have inspired others to help. Gaining the assistance of Rainhill Civic Society and the interest and input of schools is a great achievement and I am sure it has brought together young and old in true community spirit.”
Councillor Hargreaves invited Derek to the town hall to express his appreciation.