Churches in urgent need of roof repairs across the Diocese of Gloucester have been given money by the government towards fixing them.
Almost £500,000 from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund is being divided among nine Anglican churches in the diocese.
It is part of a £30 million package announced by the Chancellor George Osborne. A second round of grants totalling £25 million will be awarded next year.
The grants, which total between £10,000 and £100,000, will go towards the urgent repair of roofs, gutters and drains.
The Archdeacon of Cheltenham, the Venerable Robert Springett, said: “This is excellent news. Our churches are central to the communities in which they are based. We want them to be a presence throughout the week and not simply on Sunday mornings. These repairs will help them to continue to serve the people living within the parishes.”
The Archdeacon of Gloucester, the Venerable Jackie Searle, said: “I’m delighted that so many of our churches have been successful. These buildings are not just for congregations but are everyone’s heritage and it is so vital to ensure repairs are carried out to ensure they remain at the heart of these communities.”
The fund, administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, was heavily oversubscribed when applications closed on January 31. The decision to increase the scheme to a total of £55 million, to be awarded over two rounds, was a response to the demand.
The Chancellor, George Osborn, said: “Churches and cathedrals are a unique part of our national heritage, and play a vital role in community life. We want to support them.”
The following churches in the Diocese of Gloucester have been successful in the first round of applications to the Roof Repair Fund:
- St Michael and All Angels, Blaisdon – £98,300
- St Peter and St Paul, Blockley – £60,200
- All Saints, Cold Salperton – £15,200
- St Mary, Driffield – £36,900
- St Mary Magdalene, Elmstone Hardwick – £80,000
- St Michael and All Angels, Mitcheldean – £15,700
- St Mary, Newent – £96,300
- St John, Old Sodbury – £34,900
- St Saviour, Redbrook – £35,400
This story was published on 30 March, 2015.