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'A Passion for People' granted

Boston Borough Council has released the £50,000 grant funds from the remaining severe weather funds.

The support grant till contribute specifically towards flood resilience and defence works in the church including new internal porches, electrical works and a flood barrier towards the Parish of Boston's project 'A Passion for People'.

This project will fund vital repairs to the famous tower at St Botolph's, involving restoration work to the west face of the tower and repair of the lead belfry roof and wooden lantern viewing platform.

The 'A Passion for People' project also involves improved community and visitor facilities inside the church, including the construction of porches on the north and south entrances to the church, the development of pews and the installation of a welcome desk and new heritage interpretation telling the stories of the church and of the people of Boston. It will also include a program of activities and skills training opportunities for members of the public, school children and the many people who volunteer with the church.

Adam Kelk, head verger at St Botolph's Church, said: "This is fantastic news for St Botolph's, it means the building will now be protected for generations to come, the role we can play in Boston's community will be vastly enhanced and our operations will become much more sustainable. We also hope to have the tower taken off Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register."

Cllr Claire Rylott, portfolio holder for tourism, arts, culture and heritage, said: "It is brilliant news for the church and the town. The Stump I know are very grateful to have been given this grant are so grateful from the support they have received."

The project is due to commence on Monday, November 12, following the 'Festival of Remembrance' marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. The project is expected to take 18 months in total and to be completed in January 2020, in time for celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and commemorating the rich historical connections between Boston Lincolnshire and the founding of the New England colonies in America.

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From left; Phil Drury, Chief Executive of Boston Borough Council hands over the £50,000 cheque to Adam Kelk, head verger at St Botolph's Church with Cllr Claire Rylott, Portfolio holder for tourism, arts, culture and heritage