Under One Roof is a community heritage based in and around St Mark’s Church in Shelton Stoke on Trent. Under One Roof had funding until March 2021 to bring people together to:
- explore connections between them,
- their diverse personal histories,
- the history of Shelton and Etruria,
- and the Church as a community building and a landmark.
Community activities, online and in the local area around St Mark’s Church at safe social distance, were ;ed by All the Small Things CiC. A Friends of St Mark’s group was set up in 2019 and they developed the project with the staff team. We held a community launch on the 2nd July 2020 on zoom.
A programme of learning sessions, creative activities, talks, research and events enabled people to share and understand local heritage. This explored the history of migration into the area and those who came to work in the potteries, pits and steel works and more recent arrivals. We found out what people want from St Mark’s Church and for the area in the future.
Under One Roof was funded by a major grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund with supporting funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust, All Churches Trust Limited and Edward Cadbury Charitable Trust.
St Mark’s Church have drawn up plans for the next stage of the project. We hope to get more funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to carry out essential conservation work to the listed building which is on the heritage at risk register and in urgent need of internal and external repair.
Alongside the repairs, a range of community initiatives will be developed at St Mark’s in partnership with All the Small Things, to research and record the rich and culturally diverse history of the area and to help people to share their stories. The 188-year-old church building will host activities for all ages and take activities out to people in their communities locally including community storytelling, learning and arts. Under One Roof will also provide volunteering opportunities for local people working and provide learning experience for school, college and university students.
The Bishop of Stafford, the Rt Revd Geoff Annas, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This is really significant – not just in ensuring St Mark’s survives and thrives but in making sure the heritage of the church and local area is not lost for good.”
Hanley Team Rector the Revd Phillip Jones, who is overseeing the project, added: “Our project will ensure that St Mark’s is able to reflect and celebrate the richness and variety of its diverse community. It will provide training and volunteering opportunities for people who are living in poverty and hardship.
We will organise and host exciting, creative activities that bring people together to explore their identity, heritage and culture. They will also be able to share their gifts and talents through volunteering and develop skills and confidence through this. We hope it will provide new and continuing opportunities for the church and for this part of the city.”
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Using money raised by the National Lottery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.