Parish church’s £50,000 grant for vital restoration

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A PARISH church in South Yorkshire is to benefit from a £50,000 grant towards vital restoration work.

The money will be used to fund repairs to a 15th century window at Royston Church in Barnsley, and repointing of the masonry.

The grant, awarded by not-for-profit company WREN, is part of a new heritage fund which helps to protect listed buildings across the UK.

Parts of the building date back to the 13th century and the church has previously been given grants from WREN to restore the roof and carry out community work.

Church warden Christina Cockcroft said: “We’re delighted WREN has recognised the importance of preserving one of the area’s most important historic buildings and continued its generous support of Royston Parish Church.”

Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “Buildings like this are part of the historical fabric of the UK and we must ensure they remain intact for future generations to enjoy.

“We’re delighted to support the restoration.”