Golders Green repairs boost

Golders Green Synagogue has been awarded a £100,000-plus English Heritage grant to repair its roof.

The money will go towards the synagogue's £3 million refurbishment plans for its Grade II-listed building in Dunstan Road.

It will be awarded in two stages, the first £17,000 being spent on putting the work out to tender. If English Heritage is satisfied with the progress, a further £94,000 will be handed over next year.

"The grant is a major boost to the regeneration of the Dunstan Road community and its historic home," said Jacqui Zinkin, vice-chair of the 500-member congregation. "The money is to be used towards replacing the roof of the main building which is currently in a very poor state.

"A grant of this size shows the importance both the community and English Heritage place on not only the building but the presence of a United Synagogue in Golders Green."

The original building was opened in 1922, extended in 1928 and survived the wartime Blitz. The last major decoration and repair work was in 1976.

    Last updated: 1:54pm, April 14 2011