Lot­tery cash for church

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Spotlight On Health -

A his­toric vil­lage church has been awarded more than £200,000 of lot­tery funds to cre­ate a her­itage cen­tre.

The Pluck­ley Parochial Church Coun­cil (PCC) ap­plied for fund­ing to the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund in a bid to cre­ate the vis­i­tor cen­tre at St Ni­cholas Church, which has been a place of wor­ship for more than 900 years.

The her­itage cen­tre project will see the con­struc­tion of a new build­ing at the back of the church, and will also pro­vide funds to ren­o­vate the grade 1 listed build­ing.

Pluck­ley PCC project leader Barry Strat­ton said the church is a fo­cal point for the com­mu­nity and is used by 20 com­mu­nity groups as well as the vil­lage pri­mary school.

Mr Strat­ton said: “We are re­ally de­lighted that the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund has given us this fund­ing. There is great en­thu­si­asm in the vil­lage and we are busy col­lect­ing lots of fas­ci­nat­ing his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion and ar­chive ma­te­rial.”

Ren­o­va­tion work in­side the church will in­clud­ing re­pair­ing the south aisle, south porch, Der­ing Chapel and the east­ern and south­ern sides of the chan­cel.

Work is ex­pected to start af­ter Easter and will be com­pleted by Septem­ber.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.