Northfield residents are celebrating after St Laurence Church was awarded a £65,700 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund towards the Northfield Revealed community history project.

Planned activities to engage and involve people with the heritage of Northfield includes a heritage trail brochure; a local history film and a community heritage tapestry project, as well as several interpretation panels and a range of open-days, talks and family events, including a special service with the Bishop of Birmingham.

Northfield was one of the areas of Birmingham that underwent extensive development before and after the First World War and it was largely thanks to the efforts of the Civic Society that the historic core of the village survived intact. The project will also see the construction of a new internal glass porch to encourage more people to come and see inside and discover the Grade I listed St Laurence, which is one of the oldest churches in Birmingham.

The Revd Canon Janet Chapman, Rector of St Laurence Church, said:

“A key aim of our project is to reconnect the historic and modern centres of Northfield – indeed to ‘Reveal Northfield’ and boost community pride.’

The project is, in part, an outcome of Birmingham Civic Society’s own ‘City Beautiful’ lottery funded project and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with the team as the project moves forwards.