Grant to spruce up fence at Polwarth Parish Church

Christine Doherty, Margaret Anderson, Ellen Pereira, Len Purvis and Dawn Whittaker. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Christine Doherty, Margaret Anderson, Ellen Pereira, Len Purvis and Dawn Whittaker. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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THE finishing touches to renovations at a historic city church are to be added thanks to the latest grant from the Get It Sorted Together campaign.

Members of Polwarth Parish Church have successfully applied for funding to repaint railings that have fallen into disrepair.

Extensive work has already been carried out on the roof and windows of the church, on Polwarth Terrace, with grass in the grounds reseeded and plants replaced.

The group also hoped to carry out works on the historic railings around the church in order to bring them up to the standard of the local area, but there were insufficient funds in the pot to pay for them.

An application was made by members of the church, which has a congregation of about 200, to the joint campaign by the Evening News and 
Edinburgh City Council.

Now they have been awarded £480, which will help cover the costs of the daunting project, with a painter being brought in to supervise the work of elderly congregation volunteers.

Grant applicant Dawn Whittaker said everyone associated with the church was delighted the bid had been successful.

She said: “It’s a very welcome surprise.

“We have had a lot of work done to the church roof and windows which has been very expensive. Because we are a grade two listed building, we have always got more work to do.”

Work is expected to take a fortnight to complete and Dawn hopes it will be completed before the church takes part in Doors Open Day later this month.

She added: “Like a lot of churches here, we are opening our doors to the public on September 28 and hoping to have the railings done by then.

“It would be nice to have the outside looking as nice as the inside does now.”

The campaign was launched last month to give people the help they need to carry out these projects, support local communities and improve neighbourhoods.

It has already helped the Grassmarket Residents Association with money to buy new bedding boxes, and to repair walls of Granny’s Green in West Port.

Wheatfield Backgreen Association, which has worked to transform green space behind tenements for the last eight years, also received a grant to help attract more members and carry out a two-day clean-up of a neglected part of the site.

They also bought gardening equipment, compost bins, a butterfly habitat feeder and a pollinating bee log.

City environment convenor Lesley Hinds said the grant meant important work could be done that would benefit the community as a whole.

She said: “This is a good example of a small project that makes a difference to an area and helps people have a greater pride in their community.”

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