Somersby Church granted Lotto funding

St Margaret's Church, Somersby.
St Margaret's Church, Somersby.

A Grade II listed church has not only been granted the initial funding for major restoration work but also been invited to apply for £200,000.

St Margaret’s Church at Somersby is delighted to announce that it has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and has been formally invited to submit a second round application towards its £200,000 restoration project.

The first round pass from HLF’s Grants for Places of worship programme also includes development funding of £16,100 towards project development costs of £18,788.

Jane Maitland, church warden and project manager, said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to repair our local church and further enhance the experience for the visitors from around the world. We take great pride in our links with Tennyson and this gives us a chance to carry on this good work.”

The project’s primary aim is the re-slating of the nave roof and also tackle related issues of water ingress within the tower and other areas of masonry.

There will also be a number of fundraising events coming up, including a walk and talk during the Wolds Words Festival in October and a dialect event with group Far Welter’d in November.

A Tennyson Festival is hoped for next year.