Community spirit helps save local church!

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Urgent renovations to All Saints’ Church can now be undertaken thanks to a grant of £181,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). 

The 15th century building in the small village of Bolton Percy, just South West of York, is in need of urgent work to its leaking nave and tower roofs.  Confirmation of the grant is the culmination of three years of hard work by villagers working to conserve the heritage of their much loved church building.

An architect’s report in 2013 brought the unwelcome news of the poor state of the nave and tower roofs, which were described as being “in a perilous condition”.  The local community rallied round and, tapping into the existing spirit within the village, a team of volunteers launched a project to raise funds for the extensive works that were required. 

Thanks to the support from National Lottery players the renewal of the roofs is expected to start next spring.

The HLF grant represents 65% of the total cost of the roofing project and the villagers still have to provide over £50,000 through their own fundraising endeavours. 

Selby District AVS, who helped the church secure the grant, are thrilled to have been on this journey with the local community. We will continue to help them as much as we can.

Rev’d Geoff Mumford, vicar of All Saints’ said: “I am delighted that, after several years of hard work by our dedicated volunteers, our 600 year old church has received the grant funding from HLF for this important restoration work which will help conserve our magnificent building for generations to come.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber said: “This project will start to rejuvenate a much loved building, securing its place in the heart of the community and safeguarding it for future generations.”

This is seen as just the first stage in an ambitious longer term project to restore the church interior, windows and memories and to refurbish the 17th century bells.

 

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