A VILLAGE church is looking forward to a safe and dry future following a £188,000 grant towards repairs and to its roof.
The Church of St Peter and St Paul, in Algarkirk, received the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) £2.3 million Repair Grants for Places of Worship Scheme.
Father Gary Morgan, the church minister, said: “It’s a very generous grant, one of the biggest that’s been awarded.
“You never know what’s going to be awarded when you apply so we were over the moon.”
The church, which suffered three lead thefts over 18 months, plans to repair the nave roof with lead and the trancept with stainless steel.
The entire roof will also be secured with a roof alarm as part of the requirements for the grant.
Carrying out these repairs will also help towards making the inside of the church drier and warmer so that events and community groups can use the building for more than just worship services.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church is one of 23 churches which are being supported by the fund across the East Midlands.
Emma Sayer, head of HLF in the East Midlands said: “Historic places of worship are an irreplaceable part of our heritage that continues to play a vital role within local communities today.”