Church repairs go-ahead after £10,000 cash boost

Father Gary Morgan with pizza man Paddy Custer and visitors at a fundraising heritage day for St Peter and St Paul's Church, Algarkirk. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG090912-147TW.
Father Gary Morgan with pizza man Paddy Custer and visitors at a fundraising heritage day for St Peter and St Paul's Church, Algarkirk. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG090912-147TW.
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Members of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Algarkirk, can look forward to warmer and drier services after a £10,000 cash donation towards its repair bill.

Work to repair the roof of the village church is due to start in March thanks to a grant from the National Churches Trust, an independent charity supporting Christian places of worship throughout the UK.

The cash boost comes just a year after the church won a £188,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund through its Repair Grants for Places of Worship Scheme.

Church members and villagers have been raising money towards the £216,000 total cost of the repair work by holding events including a craft fair, heritage day and rock concert.

Church minister Father Gary Morgan said: “We’re absolutely made up about the grant and really, really pleased to get the money.

“It’s the difference between having the roof repaired and not having the roof repaired.

“Along with the Heritage Lottery Fund money, it will enable us to start the work in March which will take about four months to complete.”

The church was targeted three times by lead thieves over an 18-month period and a gang of six people responsible were in total sentenced to almost 21 years in jail last month.

Father Morgan said: “The church is a particular gem in Lincolnshire because it was built to a very high standard.

“But it’s very hard to maintain it in such a small village and it’s difficult to hold services there when the roof leaks.

“It really hasn’t had any work done to it since the Victorian period and it’s been hit really badly by lead thefts.

“But the grants have made a big difference.”

Chairman of the National Churches Trust Grants Committee, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, said: “Churches are at the heart of their communities and bring people together in a way that makes life better.

“We want churches that are being put to good use, not just for congregations but also for the wider community.”