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Significant lottery grant for Hampton Lovett church

Published: 12th May 2023

Hampton Lovett churchThe Church of St Mary and All Saints in Hampton Lovett, near Droitwich, has been awarded almost £100,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to reveal hidden church heritage and the history of the local community as well as enabling much-needed repairs to the historic bell tower and previously hidden priest’s room.

The church is currently on the Historic England Heritage At Risk register due to the poor condition of the tower.  The funding will enable conservation repairs to be made to both the tower and the stairs and a blocked doorway reopened, all part of the “If these walls could talk – revealing secrets at Hampton Lovett church” project.Original doorway to the tower

Churchwarden Rachel and Treasurer Jerry have been leading on the project in the parish. They said:

“St Mary’s Church is a hugely historic building and has played a key role in the local community over the centuries. This project with its opportunities to get involved, will encourage many more people to visit and engage with the church and the community’s heritage. It’s sad that we haven’t really been able to access the priest’s room due to the state of the stairs and the tiny doorway and we’re delighted that thanks to National Lottery players, this grant will enable our church to reveal its secrets once more!”

There will be a number of opportunities for people to engage with the project as the church hosts a hot lime pointing workshop in July and activities at the Heritage Open Day on 9 September, including a stone masonry demonstration. St Mary’s is also looking for volunteers to help with a project to read, sort and record the church archives and to create new displays of the church’s history. University students and local schools will also be working with the church.

Robyn Llewellyn, Director, England, Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Parochial Church Council of Hampton Lovett and the If These Walls Could Talk project. Thanks to National Lottery players, we're able to invest in important projects such as this one, ensuring that heritage represents and reflects local communities, and that this rich history is safeguarded for future generations.”

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Heritage lottery fund logoUsing money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk. Since The National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

 

Page last updated: Friday 26th May 2023 11:43 AM

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