£129k to save listed church buildings

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:07 02 April 2015

Easton-In-Gordano, St Georges Church have been given £99,700 to repair leaky roof.

Easton-In-Gordano, St Georges Church have been given £99,700 to repair leaky roof.

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TWO churches in North Somerset will be able to carry out urgent repairs to their roofs, thanks to Government grants.

Easton-In-Gordano, St George's Church, have been given £99,700 to repair leaky roof.Easton-In-Gordano, St George's Church, have been given £99,700 to repair leaky roof.

TWO churches in North Somerset will be able to carry out urgent repairs to their roofs, thanks to Government grants.

St George’s Church in Easton-in-Gordano and Holy Trinity Church in Nailsea have been named as two of 85 places of worship in the South West to receive a share of £4.5million.

The grants were announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer as part of the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.

St George’s Church in Church Road (pictured) has been given £99,700 to help with its roof repair bill.

Church rector, Rev Ruth Legg said: “This is great news for us and gives us an excellent base for our fundraising appeal.

“The roof is the most important part of any building ˗ without it we wouldn’t have a church ˗ so we are overwhelmed with the grant.”

Holy Trinity Church, in Nailsea, will also soon be benefitting from a repair fund grant windfall.

The building in Church Lane has been awarded £30,000 for repairs to the south aisle roof.

Churchwarden, Trevor Watts, said: “We are very lucky to have been given the grant.

“The covering on a large part of the roof has reached the end of its life.

“The church is putting in 25 per cent of what we are expecting it to cost and we’ve had a grant for £30,000, so we are hoping to start work next year.

“We’ve been patching it up until now, but we are on borrowed time.

“It is a relief not to have to worry about how we’ll cover this extra expenditure.

“It means we can concentrate on inviting people into our beautiful church and getting on with what we want to do.”

The money is part of a wider funding package of £30million to 502 historic places of worship across the UK.

The fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

The grants will help to protect the country’s religious heritage and ensure its community buildings are safe and open to the public.

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