The BBC’s Huw Edwards covers renovations at Carntyne Parish Church

The BBC’s Huw Edwards has backed a £370,000 renovation for a Carntyne church.

Necessary repairs are to be carried out at Carntyne Parish Church after a cash boost was secured from Historic Environment Scotland, the National Churches Trust and a number of other funders.

It is hoped that this will preserve the church for future generations.

The congregation has worked tirelessly since 2012 to raise over £100,000 for the vital restoration through Christmas and spring celebrations and other social events.

APRL Architects have been appointed to make key improvements to the church to ensure it remains wind and water tight, as well as ensuring it is welcoming to the wider community.

Repairs will include urgent work on rainwater works, gutters, roofs and windows.

The church was formed in 2016 as a merger of nearby High Carntyne and South Carntyne Parish Churches.

The Grade B listed building was completed in 1932 from Glasgow’s trademark blonde sandstone and has played an important role in the community throughout its history.

The Carntyne Minister, Reverend Dr Joan Ross, said: “We are delighted and extremely grateful to be awarded these grants. They will help cover the significant costs of maintaining the church building and thus enable us to continue in our mission in providing a place of worship and a space for community gatherings for the people of Carntyne.”

Huw Edwards, BBC News anchor and vice-president of the National Churches Trust has backed the move. He said: “Churches are an important part of our national heritage and have done so much to help local people during the covid-19 lockdown. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities.

“The costs for this work are far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.