Huddersfield Parish Church is celebrating a £42,000 funding boost for its new kitchen project as it seeks to welcome the community back after the pandemic.

A grant of £42,124 has been awarded to the church by SUEZ Communities Trust.

St Peter’s Church has a vision is to be an open, warm and welcoming community of faith in the heart of Huddersfield and has a phased plan to improve access to the body of the church and crypt.

The first phase is to provide kitchen facilities in the crypt area, within an unused storeroom. The SUEZ grant has allowed that work to take place.

The community space within the church was well-used before the pandemic and the church hopes the work will help encourage people back.

Church warden Dr Michael Bembridge, who has led the project, said: “This is a massive boost for our community space. We’ve already been able to welcome new groups into the building. It’s the next step to our vision of being fully accessible.

“We’re hugely grateful to SUEZ and our neighbours and partners like The Mission and Third Sector Leaders who supported our grant application.”

Marek Gordon, chairman of SUEZ Communities Trust, added: “SUEZ Communities Trust provides funding awards through the Landfill Communities Fund. We were delighted to be able to offer funding to Huddersfield Parish Church.”