Church Repairs – National Heritage Stimulus Grants
As announced today by the Church of England, St Mary le Tower is one of nearly 100 churches and cathedrals who will benefit from the Heritage Stimulus Fund. This Fund is a £50m grant scheme designed to support organisations in England from across the heritage ecosystem that have suffered severe loss of income as a result of Covid-19. It was awarded to organisations with a responsibility for important collections of historic buildings.
Nearly half of all England’s Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings are Anglican or Catholic churches, and both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales made central applications to Historic England for funding. Among the Church of England’s allocation over £2 million (21 per cent) will go to churches in the 10 per cent most deprived parishes nationally. There is more information on the CofE website here https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/grants-totalling-ps13m-announced-churches-and-cathedrals-across-england
St Mary le Tower will now able to progress the urgent repairs to our building with 80% of the costs met by the government grant, with the remainder from the Fabric Fund. These repairs include repairing the plaster in the chancel, repairing the damage to the roof from when the east nave stone cross fell onto the chancel roof during a storm earlier this year and the churchyard wall by Hatton Court.