Lottery funding for heritage project

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A Derbyshire church has received £106,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for essential refurbishment work.

St Giles Parish Church, in Killamarsh, received the funding under the Grants for Places of Worship Scheme, to carry out vital work on the church building and provide improved access for those coming to the church.

Made possible by National Lottery players, the grant includes £11,300 to help with developing and finalising full project details, specifications and costings.

The St Giles Heritage project involves carrying out repairs to crumbling stone tracery in church windows and to a crack in one wall, repairing a damaged roof support, restoring plasterwork and refurbishment of the church interior. The project is also intended to improve access to the building by providing an alternative entrance, subject to the necessary approvals. In addition, the project will involve local community organisations, schools and Heritage Society in developing new publicity materials and a range of events, open days, heritage walks and other activities to promote the Church’s heritage and getting others engaged in preserving it.

Volunteers will be provided with information and training to enable them to take part in the various activities to promote the heritage of the church and the wider community of Killamarsh.

St Giles Church dates back to the 12th century, featuring stained glass windows, one of which depicts the Madonna and Child, and contains medieval glass.

Revd Canon Helen Guest, the Rector of Killamarsh, said: “This is fantastic news.

“We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has offered support for our project, which will ensure that the church’s heritage is preserved for generations to come.”