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