£200k awarded to church

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A CHURCH in Measham has been given al­most £200,000 to re­store its stained glass win­dows and stonework.

St Lau­rence Church, in High Street, has been awarded £195,800 from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund to carry out the re­pair work.

The grant will be added to oth­ers from Le­ices­ter­shire His­toric Churches Trust, The Jack Pat­ston Trust, All Churches Trust and the Headley Trust.

It will be used to re­store the stonework and win­dows, as well as the south porch and tower.

Glass will be re­moved, cleaned and re­stored, with left­over glass from the con­struc­tion of the Willes­ley es­tate be­ing in­cor­po­rated into one of the win­dows.

Wheel­chair and pushchair ac­cess at the front of the church will also be cre­ated.

Brian Abra­ham, of St Lau­rence’s Parochial Church Coun­cil, said: “By re­veal­ing the fruits of our re­search, a pro­gramme will be of­fered to make the her­itage of the church more ac­ces­si­ble to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, schools and vis­i­tors.”

The build­ing project is un­der way and is ex­pected to be com­pleted in spring 2019.

Af­ter the restora­tion has been com­pleted, ac­tiv­i­ties such as hard-hat tours and ses­sions to learn about the church’s his­tory will be on of­fer to vis­i­tors.

The church will be hold­ing an open day, where vis­i­tors can learn more about the church and its his­tory, on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24, be­tween 10am and 4pm.

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