Grant for historic church work
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 www.hlf.org.uk