Churches in the borough to receive thousands for roof repairs

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A handful of churches in the borough are to receive their part of £3 million in government repair funds which have been promised to places of worship in the East.

Three churches in the area will be given a total of almost £190,000 between them to ensure that the buildings’ roofs will be safe and weather-tight for the future.

St Mary’s Church in Feltwell is to get £35,100, Swaffham Methodist Church will receive £54,200 and St Andrew’s Church in Walpole St Andrew will benefit from £100,000 from the Roof Repair Fund.

It comes as part of the wider funding project, launched by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in 2014, which will see £22.9 million go to 401 historic places of worship across the UK.

Heritage minister Tracey Crouch said: “Churches and cathedrals are the jewel in the crown of our national heritage and it is vital they remain in good repair and are accessible for all.

“These buildings are at the heart of communities across the country and I am delighted so many will benefit from this important fund.”

In the east of England, it was announced that a total of 55 historic buildings are to get a share of the £3 million.

The repair fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

A spokeswoman for the NHMF said that St Andrew’s Church in Walpole is to use the money for vital repairs and to stop water leaks and rot in order to secure the future of the 15th century building.

Sir Tony Baldry, chairman of the Church Buildings council, said: “It is fantastic that a further 400 church buildings will receive significant help with roof repairs from government and we are hugely grateful to the Chancellor.

“We now need to ensure a sustainable way of funding church buildings in the future and this is a question for which I hope the Department for Culture Media and Sport Taskforce on Church Buildings will find viable and deliverable answers.”

The money put aside for the urgent work may also be used for structural investigations, specialist reports and bat surveys.

Mr Osborne said: “Churches and cathedrals are a pillar of British life and we are committed to ensuring future generations will be able to admire and use these historic buildings.”