Cash joy for South Yorkshire churches

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FOUR listed South Yorkshire churches have been awarded Heritage Lottery Fund grants for vital structural repairs.

They are among 17 places of worship across Yorkshire and Humber awarded a share of £1.8 million in a bid to help preserve the buildings.

All Saints Church, Wath Upon Dearne, has been awarded £112,000 to help pay for structural repairs to the nave roof of the Grade I-listed building, as well as graffiti removal and stone repairs.

St Mary the Virgin Church, Sprotbrough, which is also Grade I-listed, has been given £76,000 to repair and restore the north aisle and vestry roofs, including masonry repairs.

The Grade II-listed St Leonard’s Church, Thrybergh, has been awarded £60,000 for masonry repairs to the nave and chancel, which have been eroded by weather, sulphate salt attack and moisture.

And Christ Church, Doncaster, which is also Grade II-listed, has been awarded £174,000 for repairs to the roofs of the north aisle and plasterwork to the nave, gallery and chancel ceilings and south and north porch.

This money comes from the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and administered by English Heritage.

Trevor Mitchell, English Heritage’s Yorkshire planning director, said: “Listed places of worship make up a part of the fabric of England.

“They are familiar and much-loved landmarks for our villages, towns and cities and it is crucial they are cared for and repaired.

“Thanks to the joint working between the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage these wonderful buildings, which mean so much to so many, will remain part of our story for years to come.”