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Caistor parish church celebrates HLF award

22 January 2018

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It has been announced that the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Caistor has received a confirmed ‘Stage 2’ grant of £215,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its current Preserving  Sharing – Understanding project.

This major project aims to preserve the church building for future generations, as well as helping the present generation to understand it better and to widen its use by the local community. 

It is said that the project will include:

  • essential conservation work to the main roof of the church, which is suffering from damaged and rotting timbers, resulting in the leakage of rainwater into the building

  • improvements to the drainage from the building and the heating system

  • and the provision of improved educational opportunities for visitors and local schools.

St Peter & St Paul Church has been a much-valued part of the Caistor community for almost 1000 years. In addition to church services, the church is also a venue for exhibitions and concerts, is used regularly by local schools and attracts visitors from near and far.

Commenting on the award, Canon Ian Robinson, the Vicar of Caistor, said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given us this support. The church has been an important part of Caistor life for many generations and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for many more centuries, as well as offering a better experience for visitors and a more useful learning resource for our young people. 

We have worked hard during the past year with our consultants for the development stage of the project, for which we were awarded an initial £32,000 Stage 1 grant, and we are pleased that HLF have continued their support with the confirmation of this Stage 2 grant.”

It is anticipated that the work will be completed by the end of the year. For further information on the Caistor Group of Parishes, please see here.