St Martin's Church, Ryarsh wins National Lottery Support

The PCC for St Martins in Ryarsh has been awarded a confirmed National Lottery grant of £180,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to repair water damage and preserve the church building.

It was made possible thanks to money raised by the National Lottery players. The project aims to carry out essential conservation to the Grade II* listed building, including the improvement of the drainage system, repairs to the gutters and internal redecoration, and provide improved facilities to share with the local and wider communities, schools and societies. The National Lottery funded project will also help to develop the church into an education centre, with a heritage trail, guided tours and new events programme. The building will become again a focal point for the local community and those interested in its history and heritage. The church is 900 years old and holds some unique and ancient features.

The Rev Linda Shuker, Rector, said: “The PCC look forward to welcoming people to share, more widely, the heritage of the parish church —its history, the lives of some of the people who have gathered here across the centuries and the tradition of the Christian faith that it continues to uphold.”

Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “We’re delighted that National Lottery players’ money can be used to help restore St Martin’s and maintain the church building as an important community and heritage asset.”

Karyn Young, St Martins PCC


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