Last week we learned that St Mary's has been awarded a grant of £51,800 towards the costs of repairing our church roof. Four hundred grants have been announced in total.
It's wonderful news and very timely. In the heavy rains of June, water poured into the church in many places, doing further damage to the ceiling.
We'll get on with the repairs as soon as we can.
The Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund was set up in December 2014, with £15 million set aside by the Government to enable repair works to be undertaken to the roofs and rainwater disposal systems of listed places of worship. The Fund was subsequently extended in the 2015 Budget, with an additional £15 million allocated for the initial round and £25 million set aside for a second round that was open to applications last winter.
More details on the ChurchCare website.