That’ll fix you!

by Gerry Lynch last modified 01 Apr, 2015 04:10 PM

Nine churches in the Diocese to benefit from Listed Places of Worship Repair Fund roof grants.

That’ll fix you!

St Thomas’ in Salisbury is one of the churches set to benefit.

Nine parishes in the Diocese of Salisbury are to receive grant funding for urgent repairs to their church roofs in the first round of awards from the Listed Places of Worship Repair Fund announced on Thursday March 26. 

Nationally, 372 Church of England parishes are to receive grants as part of a total awards package of £30m. A second round of funding for 2015-16, worth £25m, has also been announced. 

Wiltshire churches included two St James’ – in Berwick St James and in Bratton – as well as St Swithin’s Compton Bassett, St George’s Preshute, St Thomas’ Salisbury and All Saints Village Church, Stanton St Bernard. 

Dorset churches – including St Andrews Minterne Magna, St Mary’s Stalbridge and Holy Trinity Warmwell – shared the good news. 

The grants awarded are between £12,000 and £81,900 for urgent repair of roofs, gutters and drains. In this Diocese, more than 90% of our parish churches are listed buildings, one of the highest proportions in the country. 

The Revd Hugh Bonsey is a Team Vicar in the Lower Wylye and Till Valley Benefice and looks after one of the churches set to benefit from an award. He said, “Berwick St James is a beautiful church which has already had to raise a lot of money after its lead was stolen a few years ago. 

“It is well loved and supported by a small village community who dig deep into their pockets to keep the church thriving and in good repair. It’s good to see the government stepping up to the plate and supporting the efforts of villagers to ensure this wonderful building is available for future generations.” 

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the funding will “create local skilled jobs, improve community facilities and protect heritage." 

The Fund, administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, was heavily oversubscribed when applications closed on January 31. The decision to increase the scheme to a total of £55 million, to be awarded over two rounds, was a response to this demand. 

The second round, for the allocation of the remaining £25 million set aside for the scheme, is expected to open later in 2015. Both unsuccessful applicants under the initial scheme and new applicants will be able to apply. 

The full list local of grant recipients is as follows:

  • £81,900 for St Thomas’ (Salisbury Deanery).
  • £66,600 for St George’s Church, Preshute (Marlborough Deanery).
  • £49,500 for Holy Trinity, Warmwell (Dorchester Deanery).
  • £29,200 for St Mary’s Church, Stalbridge (Blackmore Vale Deanery).
  • £24,400 for All Saints, Stanton St Bernard (Pewsey Deanery).
  • £18,900 for St James’, Berwick St James, (Stonehenge Deanery).
  • £17,600 for St James the Great, Bratton (Devizes Deanery).
  • £17,800 for St Andrews Church, Minterne Magna (Dorchester Deanery).
  • £12,000 for St Swithin’s Church, Compton Bassett (Calne Deanery).

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