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Sutterton church wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) at St. Mary's Sutterton has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for structural repairs to the building and for assistance with the provision of a lavatory and a servery. Also to provide interpretive material to describe the rich heritage of the building and its place in the history of the village.

Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding in the sum of £25,500 has been awarded to the PCC to help them progress their plans towards an application for a full grant at a later date.

Repairs to the church will consist of renewal of the lead and some roof timbers of the north transept. Also extensive work is necessary on the masonry of the north transept and the clerestory walls of the nave.

The need for a lavatory and a proper servery is obvious. A consequence of the project will be to ensure the continued and widened use by the building by the whole community of Sutterton.

St Mary's is an incredibly interesting and high status building dating from the 12th century. The development of the building from the Normans to the Victorians is there to explore and discover. The project will include displays to assist this process.

Speaking on behalf of the Parochial Church Council, church warden, David Mossman says: "We are incredibly grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grasping so readily the urgent need for our church building to be repaired and its facilities improved. We all look forward with excitement to working with HLF".

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: "Historic places of worship like St Mary's have fascinating stories to tell, and are so often at the heart of local communities. National Lottery players' support will help address urgent conservation needs and share the heritage of the church widely, so we look forward to seeing how plans develop over the coming months".

Local MP Matt Warman said: "I am delighted to hear that funding for preparation of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid has been secured by St Mary's Church at Sutterton. The inclusion of the church in the 2015 East Midlands Heritage at Risk register highlighted the poor condition of this Grade 1 listed Place of Worship and the need for repairs to safeguard its future. I am pleased that this has been recognised with a funding award to allow the bid preparation work to be undertaken."