Northants churches to receive funding to fix roofs

The Duke of Gloucester at the launch of Fotheringhay Church's roof appeal
The Duke of Gloucester at the launch of Fotheringhay Church's roof appeal

Almost 20 churches in the county are to get funds to help repair their roofs as part of a Government-funded scheme to help places of worship.

The money is part of a wider funding package of £22.9m for 401 historic places of worship across the UK being announced today.

Chancellor George Osborne said: “Churches and cathedrals are a pillar of British life and we are committed to ensuring future generations will be able to admire and use these historic buildings.

“Thanks to the work we’ve done over the past six years to secure Britain’s long-term economic security, we are able to support the upkeep and repair of places of worship across the UK.”

Churches to benefit from the funding include:

St Peter’s Church, Newton Bromswold (£10,000)

St Mary’s Church, Rushden (£25,000)

St Mary the Virgin, Fawsley (£59,500)

St Peter and St Paul, Weedon Bec (£32,700)

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Gayton (£88,000)

PCC St Mary and All Saints Church, Fotheringhay (£100,000)

St Botolph’s Church, Church Brampton (£11,900)

St Peter and St Paul’s Church, King’s Sutton (£38,700)

St Mary’s Church, Bozeat (£60,100)

St Mary and All Saints Church, Nassington (£23,900)

Church of St Peter & St Paul, Cosgrove (£47,300)

St Mary’s Church, Lower Benefield (£32,800)

St Leonard’s Church, Aston Le Walls (£70,100)

Saint Andrews Church, Barnwell (£58,600)

St Mary the Virgin, Woodford Halse (£72,200)

St Michael & All Angels Church, Ashton (£30,600)

St Columba Church, Collingtree (£30,500)

All Saints Church, Clipston (£53,400)

Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch said: “Churches and cathedrals are the jewel in the crown of our national heritage and it is vital they remain in good repair and are accessible for all.

“These buildings are at the heart of communities across the country and I am delighted so many will benefit from this important fund.”

Chairmaan of the Church Buildings council Sir Tony Baldry: “It is fantastic that a further 400 church buildings will receive significant help with roof repairs from government and we are hugely grateful to the Chancellor.

“We now need to ensure a sustainable way of funding church buildings in the future and this is a question for which I hope the Department for Culture Media and Sport Taskforce on Church Buildings will find viable and deliverable answers.”