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Fund allows work to be carried out on listed buildings

£20k offered to restore churches

Five Northamptonshire churches will now be able to carry out much needed restoration work after being awarded grants totalling £20,000.

The Northamptonshire Historic Churches Fund has donated the money to the grade one listed churches to help maintain the historic buildings.

One of the churches to benefit is the St Mary Magdalene Church in Helmdon, near Brackley, which will use the £4,000 received from the Trust to carry out badly needed repairs to the stonework.

Church secretary, Niki Phillips, said: "Some of the stonework has deteriorated and urgently needs to be repaired.

We raise as much money as we possibly can but this grant will make a huge difference."

Other churches which will receive an award are St Mary the Virgin in Dodford, St Peters in Walgrave, St John the Baptist in East Farndon and All Hallows in Wellingborough.

Lady Juliet Townsend, the Lord Lieutenant of the County, and recently appointed President of the Trust, said: "Northamptonshire, with its fine building stone, boasts some of the best churches in the country from the splendid Saxon masterpieces of Brixworth and Earls Barton to the great town churches of the 19th century.

"Almost every parish has a church or chapel of historic interest, and all of them need to be cherished and maintained. The Trust plays a vital role in giving practical financial support and in raising awareness of our heritage in the wider community."

The Northamptonshire Historic Churches Trust was founded in 1955 with the aim of raising funds to make grants to churches in Northamptonshire of all denominations for their preservation, repair and maintenance and reconstruction.

The Trust is a charity in its own right and raises funds by donations, covenants, membership fees and from the proceeds of the annual sponsored bicycle ride, which takes place on the second Saturday in September each year.

The Northamptonshire Chronicle and Echo - July 12th 2007
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