VIDEO: Trust awarded £1.8m grant for village church

A trust aiming to restore and reopen a village church has been given a massive £1.8 million grant towards the project, it has been announced.

The Benington Community Heritage Trust has been given the grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to turn the 800-year-old Benington All Saints Church into a community, events and heritage centre which will be known as The Beonna at All Saints.

Benington Heritage Trustees outside the All Saints church.

Benington Heritage Trustees outside the All Saints church.

A statement by the group said that the listed building will be adapted to ‘provide a highly attractive venue suitable for the 21st century and beyond’.

Trust secretary Judith Crowe told The Standard: “We are truly excited, it’s just so thrilling to know the building, which has been here for 800 years, will get a future for the next 800 years if we’re lucky. It is what we have been working for.”

In the video above trust chairman Kevin Pinner explains a bit more about what the money and the church means to the community of Benington.

Conservation work on the church is hoped to begin in April 2016 and it is hoped the project itself will be completed in April 2017.

For more, keep an eye on the Boston Standard.