Stamford Civic Society gets £42,000 sundial grant

Stamford Civic Society sundial conservation group have received a grant for �42,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to restore the sundial at All Saints' Church. Sundial conservation group members, from left, Richard Barry, Canon Donald Gray, Catherine Hammant, Gwyneth Gibbs, The Very Rev Mark Warrick, Peter Stevens and Graddon Rowlands. Photo: MSMP171012-001ow
Stamford Civic Society sundial conservation group have received a grant for �42,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to restore the sundial at All Saints' Church. Sundial conservation group members, from left, Richard Barry, Canon Donald Gray, Catherine Hammant, Gwyneth Gibbs, The Very Rev Mark Warrick, Peter Stevens and Graddon Rowlands. Photo: MSMP171012-001ow
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A civic society has won a £42,000 heritage lottery grant to restore a sundial and another grant to replace it with one to mark its 50th anniversary.

Stamford Civic Society was given the funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project in partnership with All Saints’ Church to restore the sundial.

The grant is all the more special for the civic society because it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Chairman of the civic society Gwyneth Gibbs said: “Stamford Civic Society is delighted to have the resources to enhance the heritage learning opportunities of our young people, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“We are also very grateful to the Harry Skells Trust for enabling a new sundial to provide a lasting memorial for our 50th anniversary in this very special year of celebrations.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund money will be used to conserve an early 18th century sundial, which is on the southern parapet of All Saints’ Church and overlooks Red Lion Square.

The sundial is in such a bad state of repair, it is illegible and it is feared it could break.

The civic society plans to use some of the cash to take it down, have it restored by specialists and preserve it inside the church for future generations.

The Harry Skells Trust has also awarded the society a £5,000 grant to install a new sundial in the same place.

The new sundial will mark the society’s 50th annivesary and will also be a commemoration of the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The intention is to mark it accordingly with the date MMXII and a declination curve, showing the sun’s path for February 6, the day of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

Some of the cash will also be used to fund opportunities for primary and secondary school pupils, as well as adults, to learn more about heritage.