NORTON-JUXTA-TWYCROSS CHURCH GETS £60,626 BOOST

NORTON-JUXTA-TWYCROSS CHURCH GETS £60,626 BOOST FROM THE NATIONAL CHURCHES TRUST

Holy Trinity Church, Norton-Juxta-Twycross, is receiving a boost thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, to enable vital repairs to the roof and structure using skilled conservation contractors. They will begin 15th November and are expected to take 4 - 5 months to complete, costing over £100,000. During the repairs the church will be closed, and services will be held in the village Memorial Hall instead, subject to availability.

Holy Trinity is among 142 historic sites to receive awards totalling £35 million. Administered on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) by Historic England, the grants are aimed to support and bolster local economies and jobs across the country. Money from the government’s £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund is intended to open up heritage and the benefits it brings to everyone.

The National Churches Trust were awarded £2 million from the Fund, to enable urgent repairs to 15 historic local churches and meeting houses. The funding will help remove 8 of them from Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ Register, including Holy Trinity, and secure them for future generations.

This church has been at the heart of the village community since the 14th century and probably sits on the site of an earlier Saxon church, as the village is known to have had a priest by the 1086 Domesday survey, when Lady Godiva (of Coventry fame) was the named overlord of the village.

The local congregation is responsible for the maintenance of the church building, which is a challenge for such a small village community. We are delighted to receive this generous funding and are grateful to the National Churches Trust and Historic England for the award. While this grant is significant, it sits on the shoulders of smaller grants and contributions and we also thank Allchurches Trust Limited, the Edward Cadbury Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Helen Jean Cope Charity, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Parish Community Initiative Fund, Jack Patston Charitable Trust, Mercia Park Community Fund (funded by IM Properties Plc, administered by Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation), the Paget Trust, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trust and Twycross Parish Council. It is thanks to the support of all these funding bodies that the repairs can commence, so the building can continue to be an important part of the community for many years to come.

                   

 

“Thanks to @NationalChurchesTrust, @HistoricEngland and the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund, we can continue to be #HereForCulture”

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: 

"From local churches to ancient buildings and landscapes, the UK's unique heritage makes our towns, cities and villages stronger, more vibrant and helps bring communities together. 

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, said: 

Funding from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund is hugely welcome at a time when the people and organisations who look after our vast and varied array of heritage urgently need support to carry out essential repairs.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust said:

“Over the last few months, we have worked closely with experts at Historic England to identify 15 church buildings most at risk that need urgent help.

“I’m delighted that the National Churches Trust has been able to award Holy Trinity, Norton-Juxta-Twycross a grant of £60,626 thanks to the support of the Heritage Stimulus Fund, which is part of the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.

For more information contact: Pauline Bee pauline.bee@btinternet.com or Revd Rick Tett woodfieldteamvicar@gmail.com 01530 610235