Joy over church’s £64,000 grant but the fundraising must go on at St Boltolph’s

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PRAISE be! A Newbold church has got a share of £1.6 million funding to put towards a series of urgent repairs.

The Church of St Botolph in Newbold-on-Avon has been granted £64,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Works to the Grade I-listed church, which dates back to the 15th century, will include the replacement of the tower roof, masonry repairs to the tower parapet and wall, along with masonry repairs to the south clerestory window tracery and parapet.

Mike Beevers, chairman of the fabric fund at St Botolph, said: “We’re delighted. We’ve already raised £120,000 and we need to raise a further £25,000 before December because that’s one of the conditions of the grant.

“We will be approaching local businesses in the parish and we will see if we can get any other grants. The congregation will be delighted.”

Other fundraising events for St Botolph include a Jubilee Fair at the church on June 23.

The £64,000 grant was announced by the Heritage Lottery Fund which said it would be donating £1.6 million of funding to support urgent repairs to 24 of the West Midlands’ most important Grade I and Grade II listed churches. The money comes from the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme.

Another church to benefit from the funding is Holy Trinity in Long Itchington, which will get £82,000 which will help pay for repairs to the top of the church tower, masonry repairs, replacement of leadwork and new lead lining to the parapet gutter.

Reyahn King, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “Historic places of worship are an irreplaceable part of our heritage that continues to play a vital role within local communities.

In the last ten years the Heritage Lottery Fund has invested £155million into these buildings and I am delighted we are able to continue supporting congregations.”