Historic churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland will benefit from £680,000 of rescue funding from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church buildings support charity, as reported by Premier Christian Media Trust.
Premier Christian Media Trust writes:
Thirteen of the churches being helped are on the Historic England ‘At Risk Register’. Churches receiving grants from the National Churches Trust include:
- St Botolph, Boston Stump, in Boston, Lincolnshire towers over the fens as a landmark to sailors and pilots received a £40,000 to help fund urgent repairs to the tower roof and clock and to refurbish the kitchen.
- St James’ church in Burton Lazars, Leicestershire contains the grave of the Zborowski family, whose racing cars were the inspiration for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, received £10,000 to install a toilet, kitchen and meeting room.
- St Mary de Castro, Leicester, where King Richard III worshipped, received £30,000 to help fund urgent repairs to the roof and drains, to replace the floor and to install underfloor heating.
Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust said: ‘At the heart of communities in cities, towns and villages, churches are a treasure trove of architecture, history and faith. I’m delighted that the future of 93 churches and chapels in England, Scotland and Wales is being safeguarded. What a great Christmas present!’