A Legless Knight in Escrick receives funding

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St Helen’s Parish Church, Escrick has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their ‘Walking through the centuries with a Legless Knight’ project.

The project aims to carry out essential conservation work and create a heritage hub bringing to life the 800 year story of estate, church and community.

Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding of £55,400 has been awarded to help St Helen’s progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

Community involvement will be invited and encouraged with opportunities for people to get involved sharing and investigating stories, devising village trails and learning and developing new skills.  The hub will also be a valuable resource for individuals, local schools and interest groups.

The building is a focal point of the local community. Commenting on the award, Caroline Wandless, Churchwarden and Project Team Leader said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. It means that the building and the unique history of the community will be preserved and available for future generations.  The support will ensure the building can be enjoyed by many more people and used for a wider range of activities.”

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “This project offers a fantastic opportunity to bring this wonderful church to life, through investigation and interpretation of its fascinating history alongside essential conservation work. We are delighted to have taken the first steps with the Legless Knight, and look forward to seeing the detailed proposals in due course”.

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