Eleven churches in the Diocese of Bath and Wells will benefit from a total of £748,200 to address urgent roof repairs. The churches all successfully applied for the grant through the Government-funded Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.
The funding is particularly welcome at St Andrew’s church at Aller and St Giles’ church at Leigh on Mendip, who are both on the Heritage at Risk Register.
The Grade One listed St Leonard’s church in Marston Bigot will be able to replace an asbestos roof installed by the American Army, who used the church as a hospital during World War Two.
Angela Yeoman, Church Warden for St Leonard’s, said; “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to be awarded the grant to help replace our roof. It is in dire need of repair and our hope is that this is the exciting first step in our bid to restore and improve our church building to the benefit of the church and wider community.”
The other churches who will benefit are: St Andrew’s, Chew Stoke; St Edward’s, Chilton Polden; Holy Trinity, High Littleton; St Peter’s, Marksbury; St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Swainswick; St John the Evangelist, Taunton; the Blessed Virgin Mary, Wambrook and St Stephen’s, Winsham.
This money is part of a wider funding package of £22.9million to 401 historic places of worship across the UK. The fund was launched by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement in December 2014 and the funding package has now seen a total of 903 places of worship across the UK receive a share of £55million.
The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).