Cawston Parish Church wins National Lottery support for urgent repairs
9 August 2018
Cawston Parish Church has received a confirmed grant of £221,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a major project which will weave together church and community.
The project, made possible by National Lottery players, aims to bring about major repairs and improvements to this significant medieval church building.
It will help to make the building weatherproof by repairing the high-level leaded windows and by introducing a state-of-the-art drainage system to take rainwater away from the building. The community will also benefit from the creation of a new multi-purpose space. All of this will make the church a much more hospitable place for community events, concerts and meetings as well as regular worship.
St Agnes’ Church in Cawston is one of the most magnificent examples of medieval architecture in the country, complete with its internationally significant rood screen and angel-adorned hammerbeam roof. The immense building draws large numbers of visitors from across the world who come to marvel at the architecture and enjoy the peace and serenity of the building.
Team Vicar Revd Andrew Whitehead said:
“We’re delighted to receive this generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which amounts to 71% of the total project costs. Their contribution is key to the success of this project, but our challenge now is to secure the rest of the funds; a total of £92,000 which we’re seeking from other grant making bodies and donations from individuals.”
To raise the £92,000 needed to complete the project the church have launched a digital fundraising campaign. Revd Whitehead added:
“As our building is so well loved by the many people who visit from all over the world, we are also launching an online fundraising campaign to see if members of the public will help us. Anyone wishing to donate can do so through the church’s website, and all donations will be appreciated, whether they are large or small.”