St John’s Church in Brockmoor has received a grant for £10,000 from the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund to make improvements to the building.

Thanks to National Lottery players, work can go ahead to improve toilet facilities at the Grade II listed building, to make it more accessible and attractive for users from across the community.

It follows repair and conservation work earlier this year, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, that enabled the church to be removed from the English Heritage Places of Worship Heritage At Risk register.

St John’s is a focal point for the local community and is used by community groups, including the Little Badgers toddler group, Messy Church and most recently sessions run by the Adult and Community Learning service of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, as well as hosting choir concerts and parties. It hosts a weekly Place of Welcome every Saturday morning for anyone in need of a warm drink and someone to talk to.

Commenting on the award, vicar at St John’s the Revd Simon Archer, said: 

“We are delighted with the wonderful news that the Big Lottery Fund is supporting these important improvements. Thanks to National Lottery players, we can make our building more accessible and attractive to a wider circle of users right across our community.’’