A CHURCH in Bournemouth is set for a share of £437,000 in funding from the National Churches Trust.

St Peter’s Church is due to receive a £20,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant to help pay for repairs to the tower and spire, after weather erosion made them unstable.

Huw Edwards, vice president of the National Churches Trust, said: "I’m delighted that St Peter’s is being helped with funding for urgent repairs to the church’s tower and spire. This will safeguard unique local heritage and keep it open and in use for the benefit of local people.

“Whether seeking quiet reflection, access to community services or a place to worship, the National Churches Trust helps hundreds of churches each year and with the support of local people keeps them thriving today, and tomorrow.”

St Peters Church is also set to receive a £10,000 Wolfson Fabric Repair Grant from the Wolfson Foundation on the recommendation of the National Churches Trust.

Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of the Wolfson Foundation said: "As well as being places of worship and buildings of beauty, churches sit at the heart of the community. In many ways they stand between the past and present. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the National Churches Trust to support the preservation of these significant, much-loved historic buildings across the UK.”