Dewsbury Baptist Church – the landmark listed building at the bottom of Leeds and Wakefield Roads – has received £155,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for urgent roof repairs.
The church, with its thought-provoking religious posters which greet motorists coming onto the ring road, was built in 1871 and has been a focal point in the town ever since.
It is used regularly for Sunday worship and church meetings and stages other activities including an aerobics group and a youth group open to the public.
It is also the base for a drop-in and advice centre twice a week for anyone in need of food, clothing, toiletries, advice or just a listening ear. On average, some 30 people are helped at these sessions.
An internationally famous choir also meets in the church each week.
Liz Exley, on behalf of the church members, said: “This grant has given us the opportunity to continue with the work already centred in the building and to open to other groups in the future.”