Appleby Church receives a lifeline to help fund repairwork



Repairs to start at Appleby Church

  We've long known that there are repairs needed at Appleby Church. One of the hazards of having ancient buiidngs to care for is that there is always work needed to keep them up to scratch.

St Michael & All Angels Church has been awarded a grant of up to £16,728 from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help fund repairs during the coronavirus pandemic. Lifeline grants from the Culture Recovery Fund are designed to protect heritage sites and ensure that jobs and access to culture and heritage in local communities are protected during the months ahead. he grant is enabling us to restore 2 Chancel windows (involving glazing and stone repairs). The works began early January  and is expected to last about 6 weeks. For safety reasons the church will need to be closed  in the week for private prayer during the works but will still be operational for Sunday service when it is Appleby's turn to host.. Keep an eye on the calendar page of this site for weekday private prayer availability

The church has played an important role in the community here for over 800 years, as we are known to have had a Rector here in the time of King John. This Grade 11* listed building has beautiful medieval, Georgian and Victorian stained glass windows.

The maintenance of our church buildings is the responsibility of the local congregation and we are grateful for this grant which enables the urgent repair to the glazing and stonework of 2 stained glass windows. The windows were installed around 1873 & 1881 in memory of Revd. John Echalaz (Rector here 1830 – 1877) and his family.

Grants of up to £25,000 are being allocated to cherished heritage sites, like St. Michael & All Angels, across the country to cover urgently needed maintenance and repairs. This vital funding comes from a part of the Culture Recovery Fund called the Heritage Stimulus Fund and is administered on behalf of the government by Historic England. As well as rescuing precious heritage buildings in need, the injection of cash will protect livelihoods for some of the most vulnerable heritage specialists and contractors working in the sector.

Thanks to @Historic England and the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund, we can continue to be #HereForCulture