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Caistor Parish Church is thrilled to have been offered a grant of £249,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Caistor Parish Church has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the "Preserving. Sharing and Understanding the church of St. Peter & Paul" project, it was announced today. The £333,000 project aims to secure the integrity of the building for future generations as well as providing a better and more informative experience for visitors and a better learning experience for our schools and the local community.
Applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.
Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.
Development funding of £33,800 has been awarded to help Caistor Parochial Church Council progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
The project aims to carry out essential conservation work to the main roof of the church and improve the heating system. It will also provide better educational opportunities for visitors and our local schools . The story of the infamous "Gad Whip" is to be researched and displayed as well as the whip being conserved for the amusement of future generations.
The Church has been a much valued part of the Caistor community for almost 1000 years. Many people have used the church for Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals but it is also a venue for exhibitions and concerts as well as being used by our schools on a regular basis,
St. Peter & St. Paul Church is also a haven for visitors from both far and near who are seeking a place for quiet reflection and rest amidst the hurly burly of modern life as well as those who come to admire the splendid architecture.
Commenting on the award, Canon Ian Robinson said: "We're delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The church has been an important part of Caistor life for many generations and it's great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for many more centuries as well as offering a better experience for visitors and a more useful learning resource for our young people."
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