Published: 2nd Oct 2019

St Mark’s church in Stoke-on-Trent has received £270,000 in support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out essential conservation work. Alongside the physical repairs, a range of community initiatives will be also be developed to explore and record the rich and culturally diverse history of the area. The project will explore the history of migration into the area, those who came to work in the potteries, pits, and steelworks and also more recent areas. The project will also work with Sanctus, a drop-in for asylum seekers and refugees, which will be held at the church. The 188-year-old church will host an engagement program that will include community storytelling, outreach work, and intergenerational activities. The program will also provide volunteering opportunities for local people at work and provide learning experiences for school, college and university students. The Bishop of Stafford, Geoff Annas said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have … (To read the full article, subscribe below)