National Lottery grant for vital repairs to St Peter’s
St Peter’s Church Titchfield has been successful in obtaining a grant of £106,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
St Peter’s is now able to repair the North Aisle roof where the lead roof is leaking allowing rain in, and the Chancel roof where the lack of a felt under the tiles is leading to growing problems.
Kay Dunleavy, Church Warden of St Peter’s said “without the Heritage Lottery Fund grant the church would have been unable to undertake this necessary and critical work.”
The repair work at the church began and is expected to last about thirteen weeks, weather permitting. Kay added that “The work may occasionally affect our neighbours in Church Street and Church Path but the church, together with its contractor R Moulding & Co (Salisbury) Ltd, were keen to keep this to a minimum.
In addition to the repairs the project will see the development of the Grade I listed church, which probably dates from the late eight century, as a Heritage Centre. Films, display boards and new learning materials will bring the historic church’s heritage to life.
The project will also enhance access to the church, including a wheelchair ramp and improved lighting.
Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Located along the St Wilfred Meon Valley Pilgrim Trail, St Peter’s is an important historic building of the ancient village of Titchfield. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’re delighted to help secure the future of the church and ensure it remains at the heart of the community.”
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About the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
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