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Sedgeford church given £235k grant

St Mary’s Church in Sedgeford has been awarded a £235,000 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund from their Grants for Places of Worship funding scheme to fund vital restoration work.

The essential repairs to this beautiful Grade 1 listed church will be carried out to the South Transept roof, as well as the South porch, the Chancel and rainwater goods.

In addition, community facilities will be improved including new pew heating, a redeveloped vestry and a community area. This will provide much needed welcoming facilities which will allow the church to be used more often for a wider range of events.

This grant will also fund an exciting package of activities to help local people learn about the history of the church including a new guidebook, exhibitions and community archaeology.

Carrying on from repairs in 2011, this programme of works will complete all essential repairs to the church, thus preserving it for future generations and church officials say: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported us on this project.”

As a result of this grant, work is underway to support ongoing fundraising efforts and the annual Flower Festival and Craft Fair to be held over the bank holiday weekend August 22-24, open daily from 10am–5pm. Refreshments are available throughout the day and lunches served from 12 noon.

Plans of the changes can be viewed by asking one of the stewards at the festival.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help to build a resilient heritage economy – from museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions.

In the East of England, HLF has awarded more than £400m to over 3,500 projects and for further information visit www.hlf.org.uk.

 

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