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St John the Baptist Church in Colsterworth receives £24,800 from Culture Recovery Fund to help fund roof repairs

A village church has received a cash grant towards helping to repair its damaged roof.

St John the Baptist Church, Colsterworth, has received a £24,800 financial boost from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help fund repairs during the coronavirus pandemic.

St John the Baptist has been awarded £24,800 towards a project of £28,500, for important repairs to the lead roofs to the north and south aisles, to prevent further damage from incoming rainwater.

St John's the Baptist Church in Colsterworth. (43682192)
St John's the Baptist Church in Colsterworth. (43682192)

The Reverend Neil Griffiths, vicar of St John the Baptist Church, said the grant came at an “important point in our larger project to repair and improve our beautiful 1,000 year old church”.

He added: “We are delighted to receive this funding from the Culture Recovery Fund.

“It will make a significant difference to the work we need to carry out and is an important next step in our plans to improve our church building, so that it can continue to play the important part in the life of our community that it hass fulfilled for 1,000 years.”

The Grade I listed building has witnessed many important events in the life of our community including the baptism of globally important mathematician and scientist Sir Isaac Newton in 1642.

Lifeline grants from the Culture Recovery Fund are designed to protect heritage sites like St John the Baptist Church and ensure that jobs and access to culture and heritage in local communities are protected during the months ahead.

Grants of up to £25,000 are being awarded to cover urgently needed maintenance and repairs. This vital funding comes from a part of the Culture Recovery Fund called the Heritage Stimulus Fund and is administered on behalf of the government by Historic England.

Culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “These grants will help the places that have shaped our skylines for hundreds of years and that continue to define culture in our towns and cities.

“We’re protecting heritage and culture in every corner of the country to save jobs and ensure it’s there for future generations to enjoy.”

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