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Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THE Her­itage Lot­tery Fund’s [HLF] Grants for Places of Wor­ship scheme (Athena, April 12) has been very im­por­tant in sup­port­ing churches, chapels and meeting houses by pro­vid­ing vi­tally needed fund­ing to en­sure these build­ings re­main in good re­pair. It is there­fore ex­tremely im­por­tant to main­tain at least the ex­ist­ing level of HLF grants and also to en­sure that small com­mu­ni­ties are not dis­ad­van­taged. As Athena sug­gested, our na­tion’s mag­nif­i­cent churches en­joy a spe­cial place in pop­u­lar con­scious­ness: a re­cent poll showed that 83% of Bri­tons agree that they’re an im­por­tant part of the UK’S her­itage and that 57% of Bri­tish adults be­lieve it’s the Gov­ern­ment’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to help to fund re­pairs. Claire Walker, CEO of the Na­tional Churches Trust

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