A MUCH-LOVED Flintshire church is to share in a £351,500 heritage funding boost from the National Churches Trust. 

A £25,000 National Churches Trust Grant will help to pay for much needed community facilities for Grade II Listed St Paul’s church in Rhosesmor, near Mold.

The money will help pay for the installation of a new toilet, kitchen and running water, ensuring the church building can continue to thrive. 

Broadcaster Huw Edwards, Vice President of the National Churches Trust, said: "I’m delighted that St Paul’s church, which does so much to help local people, is receiving funding for modern community facilities.

"The installation of a toilet, kitchen and running water will safeguard unique local heritage and keep the building open and in use for the benefit of local people.

“Whether seeking quiet reflection, access to community services or as a place to worship, the National Churches Trust helps hundreds of churches each year and with the support of local people, keeps them thriving today, and tomorrow.” 


Included in the church is a small shop ‘The Outpost’, a welcome coffee area, information on the village heritage and walks to the hillfort with stunning views over the Dee Estuary and the Clwydian Range.

The Leader: The Outpost at St Paul'sThe Outpost at St Paul's (Image: The National Churches Trust)

A spokesperson for St Paul's added: “The community of Rhosesmor is delighted and very grateful to the National Churches Trust for their grant of £25,000 thereby enabling us to install a kitchen, toilet and running water in the church. 

"The 40 volunteers who have battled through the winter of 2021 provide an essential community service in The Outpost a community shop and meeting place run by the community for the community.

“The grant enables them to provide up to date, comfortable facilities to carry out their mission in this remote village with no meeting, providing a warm welcome to villagers and visitors all day every day.

"Established during Covid, The Outpost is a place where old friendships are rekindled and new neighbours welcomed.

"Thank you from everyone in Rhosesmor to the National Churches Trust.“

As a result of the National Churches Trust, twenty-one churches across the UK will stay open and in good repair in this latest round of grants.  In 2022 alone, the National Churches Trust made over 255 grant awards to churches throughout the United Kingdom, with funding totalling more than £1.95m.

St Paul’s was built in local limestone between 1874-6 by the architect John Hill for the villagers working in the lead mining industry there dating back to pre-Roman times and supported by the first Duke of Westminster.