St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Caistor awarded National Lottery support for the project to "Preserve, Share and Understand" the Grade 1 Listed church building.The Heritage Lottery Fund confirm the award of the 2nd Stage Grant.
St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Caistor has received a confirmed "Stage 2" grant of £215,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Preserving - Sharing - Understanding project, it was announced today. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to preserve the building for future generations as well as helping the present generation understand it better and make it more useful for the local community. It is hoped that the project will begin early in 2018 and be completed by the end of the year.
The project aims to carry out essential conservation work to the main roof of the church, which is suffering from damaged and rotting timbers and, as a result, allowing a leakage of rain water into the building; to improve the drainage from the building and to 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, the Vicar of Caistor, 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." We have worked hard during the past year with our consultants for the development stage of the project for which we were awarded an initial £32,000 "Stage 1" grant and we are pleased that HLF have continued their support with the confirmation of this "Stage 2" grant.
We are grateful not only to HLF but also to the many people who play the lottery each week and, as a result provide this much needed funding.
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