Grant for his­toric church work

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

A his­toric vil­lage church has been given a cash boost by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

A grant of £25,900 has been given to St Mary Mag­da­lene Church in Stock­bury, pic­tured, for con­tin­ued re­pairs to sta­bilise the Grade I listed build­ing and to in­stall a toi­let.

The project aims to pro­tect the fu­ture of the church for many years and en­able it to be used for re­treats.

The Rev El­iz­a­beth Cox said: “This is a start-up grant for us to do all the prepa­ra­tion work and then, hope­fully, we will get fur- ther funds to carry out the rest.

“Es­sen­tial con­ser­va­tion work is needed to sta­bilise the in­side of the tower, so the bells can be rung on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, and we want to in­stall toi­lets.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant his­tor­i­cally that this build­ing is kept open.”

There has been a church on the site for more than 1,000 years.

The present struc­ture has ar­chi­tec­ture which dates back to the 11th cen­tury and has been pre­served de­spite be­ing badly burned in two fires in the 18th cen­tury.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, visit

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