St.Mary’s Church, Chard to receive £13,700 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

St. Mary’s Church, Chard to receive £13,700 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

  • Mary’s Church among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund 
  • This award will help make the church more attractive and will go some way to replacing out of date equipment and effecting minor building repairs necessary after a year of disuse. 

St.Mary’s Church in Chard has received a grant of £13,700 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the church recover and reopen. 

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including St.Mary’s Church in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

National Lottery Community FundSt.Mary’s dates from 1400 in its present form and like all old buildings, needs constant attention and upgrades and minor facelift work to make it an attractive proposition to anyone thinking of visiting after a year of neglect due to the pandemic. Some of the money for instance, will be spent on new toys and a climbing frame for the mothers and toddlers group. There will also be a new screen and projector which will not only be used during services but also to show films for community events which are being planned to make the church more welcoming to the community at large, not just church-goers. 

Over £800 million in grants and loans has already been awarded to support almost 3,800 cinemas, performance venues, museums, heritage sites and other cultural organisations dealing with the immediate challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

This brings the Government’s total investment across grants, capital and repayable finance from the Culture Recovery Fund so far to more than £1.2 billion across over 5,000 individual cultural and heritage organisations and sites.

The second round of awards made today will help organisations to look ahead to the spring and summer and plan for reopening and recovery. After months of closures and cancellations to contain the virus and save lives, this funding will be a much-needed helping hand for organisations transitioning back to normal in the months ahead. 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said:

“Our record breaking Culture Recovery Fund has already helped thousands of culture and heritage organisations across the country survive the biggest crisis they’ve ever faced.

Now we’re staying by their side as they prepare to welcome the public back through their doors – helping our cultural gems plan for reopening and thrive in the better times ahead.”

 Robin Bailey, Parish Church Secretary said: This is brilliant news! It will enable us to make some improvements to church facilities which will also benefit the wider community as increasingly we welcome members of the public to join us in events other than worship. This has come at a time when the church income is at a low ebb due to the pandemic so this a much appreciated initiative by the Culture Secretary and the money will be well spent.  A detailed plan has already been drawn up by myself and the two church wardens. 

 Ros Kerslake, CEO of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

 “Spring is definitely here, bringing not only sunshine but that sense of optimism and             hope for the future. We are all looking forward to heritage places and other visitor            attractions reopening and I am very pleased that we have been able to support                                DCMS in delivering this vital funding to ensure the UK’s heritage sector can rebuild        and thrive, boosting local economies, creating jobs and supporting personal                             wellbeing.” 

 Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:

 “The value of our heritage sites and the people who run them has been amply                         demonstrated, as they have provided an anchor for so many of us through the dark    days of the last year. Vital grants from the Culture Recovery Fund have helped them     survive and will now help them recover, as the places we all cherish start to reopen                in the months ahead.”

The funding awarded today is from a £400 million pot which was held back last year to ensure the Culture Recovery Fund could continue to help organisations in need as the public health picture changed. The funding has been awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England as well as the British Film Institute and Arts Council England 

Notes to Editors

At the Budget, the Chancellor announced the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund would be boosted with a further £300 million investment. Details of this third round of funding will be announced soon. 

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