Funding boost helps save historic Lundy church
Work is underway at St Helen’s church on Lundy and it has just received a £20,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant to help fund some of the work including urgent roof repairs, structural repairs to walls and tower and internal repairs.
The church is one of 70 churches and chapels in England, Wales and Scotland that are set to benefit from rescue funding of £522,241 from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church support charity.
The building is in a very exposed location and has suffered from significant storm damage in recent years. Temporary repairs have been, and continue to be undertaken as necessary, but more substantial works of renewal to all parts of the church are now required. First and foremost, the church will be re-roofed, and the rainwater goods and drainage overhauled.
Rev Brenda Jacobs, Team Rector, Hartland Coast Mission Community, said: “We are very grateful for the support of the National Churches Trust and their grant of £20,000. They have caught our vision for St Helen’s which will remain as the centre of worship on the island but will also provide a place of sanctuary, study and refreshment to all who visit Lundy. We look forward to the reopening of the church and hearing the bells ring out once more.”
Louise Bartlett, Senior Church Buildings Adviser for the Diocese of Exeter, said: “It has been a privilege to be part of this exciting project, and wonderful news to hear that the National Churches Trust have offered their support towards the much-needed repair of this church building.”
Huw Edwards, Broadcaster and Journalist and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust, said: “I’m delighted that St Helen, Lundy is to be saved for the future with the help of a £20,000 National Churches Trust Repair Grant. This will ensure that the church remains open and a key part of the heritage of Lundy.”
Notes to Editors
The National Churches Trust is the leading national independent charity concerned with the protection and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the United Kingdom.
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