New year cash boost for two churches

Boston Stump.
Boston Stump.

Two churches will be beginning the new year on a high, following news they have received a funding boost from the National Churches Trust.

St Botolph’s Church in Boston and St Peter and Paul Church in Algarkirk each received a sum from the charity as part of its latest round of pay outs to historic churches around the UK.

The Stump was given £50,000 by the charity and Algarkirk church was given £10,000.

Both sites will undergo some restoration, thanks to these grants.

The Stump will use its money towards the repair and restoration of the Cotton Chapel – a 14th century chapel.

It was built as a tribute to non-conformist minister John Cotton, who served at The Stump before sailing to Boston, Massachusetts.

Stump spokesman Peter Coleman said: “The church is delighted to receive this grant. It will enable us to carry out urgent repairs to the south aisle roof as well as being able to replace the south section of the roof of the Cotton Chapel.”

It is the first phase of that chapel’s restoration.

A £10,000 repair grant for St Peter and Paul Church will mean urgent repair work can be carried out at the site.

The nave roof and the roof of the aisle will be repaired and stonework and rainwater goods around the church will be improved.

National Churches Trust, the charity which supports Christian Places of Worship, has urged more people to get involved in the upkeep of church buildings, as funding issues mean more are having trouble paying for repair and restoration projects.