National Lottery Grants for Heritage – £10,000 to £250,000
St John's Church is on Historic England’s Heritage At Risk register due to the poor condition of its spire. It will be conserved thanks to the support of National Lottery players, ensuring the church’s future as a community hub.
A Community Connect Café will be opened, with a targeted focus on welcoming those experiencing loneliness and mental health issues. Working with a partner charity, people in the local community lacking confidence in digital technology will be offered training to develop their digital skills.
The heritage activities will engage with members of the local community in exploring the history of the church and its impact on the community.”
Sue Dawson, member of the delivery group at St John’s Church
St John’s Church is committed to environmental sustainability. It earned a bronze Eco Church award for switching to 100% renewable energy and supporting pollinators in the churchyard. Our funding will help it do even more, including:
- sourcing resources locally
- using biodegradable products in the community café
- creating a gardening space for community activities
Sue Dawson, member of the delivery group at St John’s Church said, “The church community and town are delighted that the National Lottery funding will allow for the restoration of the spire, ensuring it remains a legacy for future generations. The heritage activities will engage with members of the local community in exploring the history of the church and its impact on the community.”