St James’s Church in Spilsby has received a grant of £10,000 from the National Churches Trust as part of a £645,000 hand-out to dozens of UK churches.
The six-figure package for 45 of the UK’s most historic and community minded churches was announced this week.
The £10k grant to Spilsby is earmarked for the construction of a kitchen and three toilets within the church.
One of the toilets will be fully accessible for all users. Significant re-ordering of the pews will also take place.
A spokesperson the trust said: “The new facilities will be of great benefit to the current congregation and visitors, including the many using the church for weddings, baptisms and funerals, and visits to study its historical interest.
“They will allow greater use by local societies, greater involvement with the local schools and the opportunity to expand outreach, both through faith and by giving practical help.”
St James’s parish church was founded in 1348 by Lord Willoughby D’Eresby as a college for priests.
The church has been remodelled and extended over the years, with the latest remodelling having been being carried out in 1879 by William Edward Basset Smith.
The church caters for bellringers, organ players, and other interest groups, including U3A and Rotary.
The National Churches Trust, founded in 1953, is an independent charity, which receives no financial support from church authorities or government.
Huw Edwards, broadcaster and journalist and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said: “The National Churches Trust’s £645,000 funding package is an investment in the future of the UK’s places of worship. Churches, chapels and meeting houses are some of the most beautiful buildings in the country and these grants will help to bring more of them back to their full glory.”
“The National Churches Trusts latest grants help Norman, Medieval and 20th churches, helping us to safeguard over 1,000 years of history.”
“As well as being kept beautiful, it is important that places of worship can help local people. That’s why the National Churches Trust’s latest grants also help projects to install kitchens, toilets and to improve access for the elderly and people with disabilities. With modern facilities, churches, chapels and meeting houses become welcoming community hubs, enhancing their public benefit.”
For more information about the trust go to www.nationalchurchestrust.org.