Frampton church to receive roof funding

St Mary The Virgin church, Frampton.
St Mary The Virgin church, Frampton.

A church near Boston is among the first in the UK to benefit from a new £15 million fund for roof repair, it has been announced.

The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, in Frampton, is to receive £46,300 through the Government’s Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.

This fund was set up after the Chancellor of the Exchequer committed £15 million of funding in 2014.

After the programme opened for applications the significant demand resulted in the Chancellor committing a further £40 million to the scheme in the 2015 Budget.

Some 49 churches in Lincolnshire applied for the initial scheme and 12 were successful.

The funding will help the church to finally carry out repairs after thieves stole lead from the roof.

Father Charles Sowden said: “It is very pleasing to learn we will receive this money as it will take a lot of pressure off.

“We had managed to raise some funds ourselves as much more than this is needed to repair the roof.

“We had no idea how much we were likely to receive but we are very grateful for the amount allocated to us.

The other Lincolnshire churches to receive funding are:

n All Saints Church, Tealby - £51,700.

n St Nicholas Church, Cabourne - £52,100.

n St Genewys Church, Scotton - £13,100.

n The Church of St Firmin, Thurlby - £20,100.

n The Church of St Vincent, Burton By Lincoln - £34,100.

n St John the Baptist, Scampton - £78,200.

n All Saints, Haugham - £40,600.

n St Peter’s Church, Claypole - £46,700.

n The Parish & Priory Church of St James, Deeping St James - £51,900.

n St Andrew’s Church, Sausthorpe - £90,300.

n St Mary’s Church, Horncastle - £83,600.