West Sussex Church Receives Stimulus Grant For Roof Repairs

St Mary’s Church in Horsham, West Sussex has received a share of a £13 million COVID-19 stimulus grant for vital roof repairs.

The West Sussex County Times reports that St Mary’s, a 13th-century landmark in the market town of Horsham, is one of 100 churches and cathedrals to be selected to receive a share of the Heritage Stimulus Grant, and has been awarded £9,865 for repairs to the buildings boiler house roof.

The Heritage Stimulus Grant is part of the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, which is designed to support organisations in England from across the heritage ecosystem that has suffered severe loss of income as a result of COVID-19.

The Reverend Canon Lisa Barnett, the Vicar of Horsham, said: “We feel blessed to have received nearly £10,000 to fix the roof of our boiler house. It has caused us a considerable headache as rainwater has caused the boiler to stop several times in the last year.”

She added that the next financial challenge was a new heating system, as the boiler has been declared as beyond repair. The large congregation at the church had already raised £50,000 during an appeal over the summer.

Repairs on the roof are due to commence next month.

The Church of England’s director of the cathedral and church buildings, Becky Clark said the organisation was delighted to receive the £13 million award, which will go back into local communities and help preserve historic architecture and cultural heritage, as well as safeguarding highly skilled jobs during a volatile economy.

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