Funding boost for Wirral's iconic Dome of Home

SS Peter, Paul and Philomena’s Church

SS Peter, Paul and Philomena’s Church

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A HERITAGE lottery grant of £138,900 will allow an iconic religious landmark to carry out vital repairs and engage visitors once more.

The project will help make the SS Peter, Paul and Philomena’s Church in New Brighton church weatherproof by repairing some of the roofs, re-pointing the brickwork and replacing some damaged internal plasterwork.

It will also see visitors benefit from a new accessible toilet and a range of activities aimed at helping them engage with the heritage, art and architecture of the Dome of Home.

The release of a new guide book planned over Easter will be complemented by a new professional website and the successful Heritage Tour -  launched for the Heritage Open Days in September 2013 – will continue in order to engage visitors interested in both local and personal heritage.

The church, which was built in 1935, received its Dome of Home nickname from mariners returning to Liverpool during World War II.

It closed in 2008 but a campaign was soon launched against the decision, with services resumed in its day chapel in March 2011.

Canon Amaury Montjean, French priest and rector of the church, said: “Following the enormous success of our first Heritage Open Days last September, we hope to welcome many more visitors throughout the summer on our Guided Tours.

“Our volunteers have been working really hard to secure the necessary match funding for this Stage II Heritage Lottery Fund Grant with the help of other funders such as National Churches Trust, Historic Cheshire Churches Preservation Trust and Latin Mass Society. We are indebted to their assistance.”

Wallasey councillor Paul Hayes said: “It is terrific news that the Heritage Lottery Fund are continuing their support for the Dome of Home.

“This church's contribution to the heritage of Wirral is substantial and this is widely recognised by members of our community, as shown by the huge public backing the church received for its bid for 'Love Wirral' funding from Wirral Council in January."

The council allocated a cash pot to each of the borough’s four constituencies to ensure Wirral looks its best when thousands descend on the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake in July for the Open Golf Championship.

After a public vote, the church’s bid for £500 funding to illuminate the Dome was successful and will go towards creating a beacon for Wirral.

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12:02pm Mon 14 Apr 14

elisab says...

It is positive that repairs are to be carried out, this is the correct way to utilize funding.

However... regarding the Love Wirral 'public vote' to illuminate the Dome, it is known that the cry for votes went far beyond the local community to which the voting process was supposed to be directed. Pleas with a link to the vote were posted far and wide on many Catholic blogs and forums, so actually many of those votes came from people not in the immediate vicinity or even Country! I would confidently say many from folk who've never even been to Wirral! This makes the vote somewhat tainted so it cannot be touted as a true reflection of opinion from the actual LOCAL Community.

As someone who had resided in the immediate area for decades, I can assure that the householders, who will be directly effected by floodlighting, were NOT consulted, and were NOT made aware of this plan, yet it seems every Tom Dick and Harry across the Country and beyond with a Catholic lilt were informed widely via Social Media etc of the plan and these sources implored people to cast their vote! The votes from people not directly affected by the illumination will impact negatively on people who WILL be affected. How thoughtless. Par the Course I guess.

Illuminating the Dome just seems like a colossal misplacement of money, lighting up the night sky... when most folk and visitors are in bed so wont actually see it. I'm sure funding could be better spent in New Brighton to wider benefit.

Light intrusion into the homes immediately surrounding the Church cannot be avoided. This is a genuine concern for local residents.The Church is smack in the middle of a tightly packed residential area.. illumination WILL effect those living around it. It wont impact a jot on the majority who voted, they will sleep well. Seemingly the Church & congregation need to take a leaf from their own book... "Love thy Neighbour as thyself!" How about we all come round to your homes at night and shine halogen lights near your windows? ;)
It is positive that repairs are to be carried out, this is the correct way to utilize funding. However... regarding the Love Wirral 'public vote' to illuminate the Dome, it is known that the cry for votes went far beyond the local community to which the voting process was supposed to be directed. Pleas with a link to the vote were posted far and wide on many Catholic blogs and forums, so actually many of those votes came from people not in the immediate vicinity or even Country! I would confidently say many from folk who've never even been to Wirral! This makes the vote somewhat tainted so it cannot be touted as a true reflection of opinion from the actual LOCAL Community. As someone who had resided in the immediate area for decades, I can assure that the householders, who will be directly effected by floodlighting, were NOT consulted, and were NOT made aware of this plan, yet it seems every Tom Dick and Harry across the Country and beyond with a Catholic lilt were informed widely via Social Media etc of the plan and these sources implored people to cast their vote! The votes from people not directly affected by the illumination will impact negatively on people who WILL be affected. How thoughtless. Par the Course I guess. Illuminating the Dome just seems like a colossal misplacement of money, lighting up the night sky... when most folk and visitors are in bed so wont actually see it. I'm sure funding could be better spent in New Brighton to wider benefit. Light intrusion into the homes immediately surrounding the Church cannot be avoided. This is a genuine concern for local residents.The Church is smack in the middle of a tightly packed residential area.. illumination WILL effect those living around it. It wont impact a jot on the majority who voted, they will sleep well. Seemingly the Church & congregation need to take a leaf from their own book... "Love thy Neighbour as thyself!" How about we all come round to your homes at night and shine halogen lights near your windows? ;) elisab
  • Score: 7

12:15pm Mon 14 Apr 14

bigfoot says...

The voting situation could apply to any bid. I would expect that the lights are turned off at a reasonable time and that light pollution is considered.
I also expect that LED or another low consumption light unit is used.
The voting situation could apply to any bid. I would expect that the lights are turned off at a reasonable time and that light pollution is considered. I also expect that LED or another low consumption light unit is used. bigfoot
  • Score: 2

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