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Caythorpe church to share in HLF funding for urgent repairs

07 July 2014

St Vincent's had been awarded £194,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund

A Lincolnshire church is to receive a slice of £6.1-million of funding to undertake urgent repairs.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced grants for 42 for historic churches across the UK including St Vincent's Church, Caythorpe.

The Grade I listed building has been awarded £194,800 to help pay for urgent works and a programme of activities to help villagers research the church's historical links.

The church was adopted by the 216 Parachute Regiment Signals Squadron as their mother church following 'Operation Market Garden', the daring but ultimately unsuccessful attempt by Allied troops to capture bridges in the German-occupied Netherlands during the Second World War. The squadron was billeted in the village prior to the drop and two stained glass windows in the church are dedicated to the regiment.

Chief Executive of HLF, Carole Souter, said: "Places of worship are among the UK's most historic buildings, with fascinating stories behind them. This money will pay for urgent repairs, whilst also helping to tell the stories of these special places to visitors. As a result the buildings themselves will be used more by the whole community, and properly cared for into the future."