Church awarded £96k for repairs

Vicar of Kirton parish church Father Gary Morgan with the nave roof which is need of repair. DD 180211020
Vicar of Kirton parish church Father Gary Morgan with the nave roof which is need of repair. DD 180211020

PRAYERS are being answered in Kirton after the church was awarded £96,000.

The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help pay for repairs to the roof above the nave at the church of St Peter and St Paul.

“It is a very generous grant,” said the church’s vicar Father Gary Morgan. “We are obviously delighted.”

Father Morgan believes a total of around £140,000 will be needed to complete the works at the Grade I listed building and said the church is exploring other grant funding options to raise the rest of the money.

“The lead sheeting above the nave has slipped and the wood underneath is in a bad condition,” added Father Morgan. “We hope to get the first stage of the work, that being the preparation with surveys, underway this year. Then stage two, the actual repair work, started next year.”

Father Morgan said he and the Parochial Church Council want to preserve the church as it currently stands for future generations to enjoy.

“Back in 1804 the church was drastically reduced,” explained Father Morgan, who is eager to ensure something similar does not happen in the future. “I don’t want in generations to come for people to look back at the vicar and PCC as the villains of the piece.”

St Peter and St Paul’s was one of nine places of worship in Lincolnshire to be awarded a share of more than £746,000 under the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme.

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