St Petrock, Timberscombe

Churches across the UK receive thousands of pounds for repairs

Sun 18 Aug 2019
By Ruth Sax

Forty-five churches and chapels in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland’s future has been secured as grants totalling £290,000 have been given from the National Churches Trust.

All Saints, Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire, described as the ‘Holy of Holies’ of William Morris stained glass, St Petrock, Timberscombe, Somerset, a church with a 1500s fan vaulted rood screen, and churches on two remote Scottish islands, Howmore church on the Isle of South Uist and Tiree parish church on the Isle of Tiree, are amongst the churches to receive the money.

Nine of the churches being helped are on the Historic England 'Heritage at Risk' register. 



Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: “The UK's historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.”

“So I’m delighted that the Trust is providing grants of £290,000 to keep more churches and chapels in good repair so that they can remain open and benefit local communities.”

Money spent will include £10,000 to help fund the installation of an accessible toilet and a servery at the Grade I listed St Petrock’s church, Timberscombe in Somerset.

Howmore Church, on the Outer Hebrides will use £20,000 of the grant to help fund repairs to the external stonework and the installation of toilets at the church which was built in 1858 by local craftsman.


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