Church awarded major lottery grant

30 January 2013

 

A SMALL CHURCH IN THE DIOCESE OF WINCHESTER has been awarded a grant of £81,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund which will be used to carry out much needed repairs to the roof.

The 12th century St Leonard's Church in Hartley Mauditt will use the money to carry out repairs to the roof structure, soffits and bargeboards, new tiles as necessary, and rainwater goods, as well as an improved rainwater disposal including replacement of brick channel with new trapped gullies and drains.

St Leonard's was one of 19 listed churches in the south east of England - and the only one in Hampshire - which received a share of the money which has been granted to help ensure the future of these ancient buildings. In all at total of £1.8m was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to the churches in the region.

And naturally, the congregation of St Leonard’s are thrilled with the news, saying that the roof was in urgent need of repairs.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund's financial support means that this vital work can begin much earlier than would otherwise have been the case,” the church said in a statement.

St Leonard’s church is home to a congregation of around 15 to 20 people, gathering each week not only for worship but afterwards to share news and catch up with village events. Although concerted efforts had taken place in the village to raise the funds required for the repairs, a spokesman said that the community had struggled to raise the full amount.

“St Leonard's has for centuries been a symbol of the presence of God , and a landmark in the surrounding countryside, it looks as if this important role will now continue long into the future.”

Notes on the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy.

From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, it invests in every part of our heritage. HLF has supported more than 33,000 projects with more than £5billion across the UK.

For more information about the Heritage Lottery Fund, including the other churches across the region that received grants, please visit > http://www.hlf.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

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