Gateway to the future

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AN historic lych gate at St Ann’s Church in Rainhill has been restored to its former glory after a successful lottery bid.

Following a service of Holy Communion at St.Helens Church, attended by the Chair of Rainhill Parish Council and invited guests, the Bishop of Warrington, the Rt. Rev Richard Blackburn blessed the restored Lych Gate in Warrington Road, Rainhill which was originally given by the Roby family (Brass Founders) in 1950.

He also blessed a new stained glass baptistry window, given in memory of Bob Lewis, a former parishioner, by his family.

The conservation and restoration of the Lych Gate was made possible by a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). the Parish Council, the Church and other generous donors. St Helens Council provided officer support to put the successful bid together.

The total project cost was £65,000.

Project co-ordinator Derek Broome said: “The Lych Gate is a prominent feature in the Rainhill conservation area, and together with the church and the old school, is a listed building.

It had fallen into disrepair and its restoration and conservation not only enhances the complex of listed buildings, but will encourage the village community to conserve this part of history.’