St Luke’s is a tall red brick building with a magnificent interior described as a ‘Victorian extravaganza’. It includes a painting of the Crucifixion by Kehren of Düsseldorf, a sumptuously decorated high altar and an ornate pulpit and golden angels at the entrance to the chancel. Water penetration in the kitchen, toilets and south aisle are causing dampness and deterioration to internal surfaces. If left much longer timber decay in the roofs will become a real risk.
The last few years have seen steady growth in the use of St Luke’s church, both for worship and also by wider community groups. Once the repairs are complete, the church is seeking to achieve a 5% year on year growth in use.