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Over £15.7 Million for England's Historic Places of Worship
Nationally, since 2002, £123million of grants have been awarded for more than 1,300 Grade I and some II* historic places of worship through the partnership scheme, which is the largest single source of funds to help congregations to care for historic churches, chapels, synagogues and other historic places of worship.
This year, places of worship from a range of faiths and denominations will be able to implement repair and improvement programmes as a result of the grant scheme. Places of worship set to benefit include; the Presbyterian Church of St Peter, West Liss, East Hampshire, The Prince's Road Synagogue in Liverpool, and the Christian Church of St George in Cullercoats, North Shields.
Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said; "We are delighted with the continued success of this important national scheme which has helped to restore and preserve some of the country's most historic places of worship.
"Historic places of worship are at the heart of their communities. They give us beautiful public spaces where people can find peace or companionship, enjoy exhibitions and concerts or benefit from practical services such as post offices, shops, nurseries. We are thrilled to be working with the HLF to support over 150 of England's most significant places of worship as they are repaired for the use of our generation and the enjoyment of our children and grandchildren."
Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said; "England's places of worship are a key part of our heritage but largely rely on the hard work and generosity of local communities and volunteers to keep them in good order. This money will help support the passion and commitment of those communities and safeguard these precious and important buildings"
Father Adrian Hughes of St George's Church in Cullercoats said; "We are a very busy church, open daily both for worship and for the many visitors who come to see the fine example of the vaulted roof which was John Loughborough Pearson's signature work as an architect. Keeping the church in a good state of repair is a vital part of ensuring people continue to enjoy and appreciate the building. The local church community has been very active over the last 12 months with almost £50,000 raised in an effort to match the grant."