St Thomas Beckett, Tugby, on the Historic England ‘Heritage at Risk Register’, is set to benefit from a £596,000 rescue funding package from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church repair and support charity.
The church has been awarded a £15,000 National Churches Trust repair grant to fund a project to carry out urgent tower repairs.
Once the repairs are completed, the building will be draft proof and watertight protecting ancient internal timbers from decay and will no longer be on the Historic England ‘Heritage At Risk’ register. In addition, the church’s Natterer’s bat colony habitat will be protected.
A total of 36 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the UK church repair and support charity.
Top of the 2016 list of funding requests received by the charity include repairs to roofs, stonework and drainage and the provision of toilets and kitchens.
Broadcaster and Journalist Huw Edwards, Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said:
“I’m delighted that this Christmas the future of St Thomas Becket, Tugby is being safeguarded by a National Churches Trust grant to help fund urgent tower repairs.
“The funding will help ensure that the church will be in good condition and that it can continue to serve local people for many years to come.”
“Churches and chapels are some of the UK’s best loved buildings. But their future is not guaranteed.”
“This Christmas, when people visit a church or chapel for a carol service or even just walk past a church on the way to do the Christmas shopping, I urge them to think about how they can help ensure that churches can remain open and in good repair.”
“Everyone can make a contribution to the future of the UK’s church and chapel buildings. That could be by helping to clear drains and gutters to help keep churches watertight or by keeping an eye out for vandals or thieves.”
“Churches and chapels may be historic buildings, but they can be part of our future, too.”
Press release from The National Churches Trust on 13th December 2016