A village church has been given a heritage grant of £35,000 for urgent repairs to the roof - and enjoyed a visit from the Bishop of Lincoln.
St Michael and All Angels’ Church in Uffington will receive the much-needed cash boost from the heritage fund of the Waste Recycling Environmental group, known as Wren.
The fund was launched in 2010 and helps to protect Grade I and II listed buildings of historical importance.
The church is Grade I listed and needs urgent repairs to the weak and decayed roof timbers. The work is urgent because the building, which dates back to the 12th century, has been put on the English Heritage’s At Risk Register.
A committee was set up last year to raise £130,000 for repairs to the church roof after lead was stolen and the grant means the group is just £20,000 from hitting its target.
Liz Bender, from St Michael and All Angels, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant by Wren. It has made a huge difference to our fund raising efforts.
“These roof repairs will help preserve this beautiful building for years to come.”
St Michael and All Angels’ is one of 13 projects awarded a grant from the scheme this year but only projects which have been highlighted by one of Wren’s partner organisations - English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw (Wales) or the National Churches Trust - can benefit.
Chief executive of the National Churches Trust Claire Walker said she was “delighted” Wren had approved the grant for the church after a recommendation by the trust.
The Casewick Chapel has already been refurbished as part of the work and on Thursday last week, the Bishop of Lincoln rededicated the chapel.
During his visit, the Bishop cut a garland made from the handprints of the church’s Sunday club members. The Bishop also gave a blessing during his visit to the chapel, which will be used by the village school as well as the church congregation. After the service tea and cakes were served to the guests.