Now repairs can get fund-er way

PUBLISHED: 12:42 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 14:42 12 May 2010

The Rev Jacqueline Page

The Rev Jacqueline Page

A GRADE II-listed church near Buntingford has been given £28,000 for repairs. St John the Baptist Church, in Cottered, was given a grant from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund repairs grant scheme for repairs to the east end of the church. T

A GRADE II-listed church near Buntingford has been given £28,000 for repairs.

St John the Baptist Church, in Cottered, was given a grant from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund repairs grant scheme for repairs to the east end of the church.

The east window and stonework needs work because it has corroded because of age and the weather.

The Rev Jacqueline Page, priest-in-charge, said: "The grant from English Heritage will make a real difference.

"Like many churches, St John the Baptist has for hundreds of years been - and continues to be - a focal point for the village and plays an important role in the whole community and beyond.

"Repairs for churches often run into many thousands of pounds and we are pleased and very grateful for this grant, and indeed to all those who donate and raise funds for the upkeep and repairs to our church."

The historic 14th century building was one of three churches in the region to receive a grant.

Church warden Neville Chuck said: "We're so pleased that we've been successful in obtaining a grant towards the work. It will make a difference.

"The money will go some way towards refurbishing those parts which have been in poor condition for some time. If nothing was done about the east window and vestry window, a strong gust of wind could mean they would fall out.

"We will be raising the rest of the money needed with the help of the Friends of Cottered Church," he said.

Robyn Llewellyn, regional director of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "We are delighted that the churches have received this vital funding.

"Places of worship are central to the identity of so many people, places and communities throughout the UK."

- The Friends of Cottered Church will be raising money at the Village Day on June 25.

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