Roxwell PCC is delighted to announce that they have been successful with an application to the The National Lottery Heritage Fund for a grant of £250,000 toward the restoration of Roxwell Parish Church.
The Grade 2 listed building, situated in a prominent central village location and dating back to the 14th century in parts, has been on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register for some 10 years, with medieval roof timbers particularly vulnerable to water ingress.
The funding which has been made possible thanks to Lottery players, together with funds from other organisations such as the Friends of Essex Churches, the Benefact and Fullerton Trusts and from local fundraising events means work has commenced on the restoration of three major roof faces and repair of other damaged areas.
In creating a village hub, we intend to involve more groups in activities at the church. Understanding and explaining heritage is a key part of our projects, enabling us to bring our extensive village historical records and cultural legacy to a wider public. We have highlighted young people and dementia sufferers as groups who will be active in this endeavour.
Rev Tony Cant, the Priest-in-Charge, said, ‘This Award is a watershed in helping us provide a sound future for our ancient but iconic village church and is invaluable in helping us create a unique community resource. We are so grateful to have been given the means to enable us to restore the church and help build our community’.
The Roxwell church project has been a challenge for many years so being able to restore this beautiful building which is valued by so many, and which will be made useful to so many more, is such an achievement made possible by Lottery and other funding.
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