June 6, 2017
Congregations learned today that they will be getting help with funding for a wide range of projects in churches across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.
From an overhaul of the 17th century organ in Tewkesbury Abbey to roof repairs following a lead theft at Holy Trinity, Cold Ashton, the grants from the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT) will help hard-pressed communities keep their churches in a good state of repair for the future.
The biggest grants of £10,000 each were awarded to St John the Baptist, Pitchcombe, which needs urgent repairs, and St Mary the Virgin, Beverston, to help create a WC and meeting area.
The small community at Pitchcombe, in the Painswick valley, is working hard to raise funds to cover the £160,000 cost of re-roofing, repairing stonework and tackling rising damp, problems revealed at an inspection of the church last year.
“We’re thrilled to receive this grant which will help us keep the church safe and allow us to increase our pastoral and social work,” said churchwarden and Treasurer Rosemary Jones. “It will also help us apply for more grants which require us to raise a certain amount in advance.”
Following a callous attempt to steal lead from the roof, the congregation of Holy Trinity church in Cold Ashton has been left with a £60,000 repair bill. GHCT has contributed £5250 to help pay for the work.
The Milton Organ in Tewkesbury Abbey dates back to 1631, and following a rebuild in 1997 needs a full overhaul and clean; a £5000 grant from GHCT will help towards the bill.
Holy Trinity Minchinhampton is a distinctive parish church and popular concert venue. Currently the church is feeling the limitations of its inflexible seating arrangements, damp and humidity issues, unsatisfactory heating and poor disabled access. The congregation is embarking on a reordering project that will give the church flexibility to better serve the needs of both worshippers and the wider community. Overall the project is going to cost more than half a million pounds; fundraising is going well and GHCT has added £8000.
GHCT Chairman Nick Talbot-Rice said: “We’re delighted to be able to help so many churches with a variety of really worthwhile projects. We rely on the amazing efforts of everyone who takes part in Ride+Stride each September and would encourage anyone who appreciates our county’s fine churches to get involved.”
Full details of grants can be found at our Grants page.