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Cowbit St Mary Church wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

23 February 2015

After months of hard work the Church Clock Committee at Cowbit St Mary is delighted to announce a grant of £8,000 has been awarded by the HLF. 

The grant will allow vital repairs to be carried out to the clock and belfry floor (www.cowbitvillage.co.uk) of this Grade I listed church at Cowbit Saint Mary's. The church was founded by the prior of Spalding in 1384, and is an important local landmark at the centre of the fenland village of Cowbit. The clock project is planned as the first of many initiatives to help revive the village, the quality of life for residents and to communicate the Cowbit heritage.

Commenting on the award, Dr Shirley Pugh said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will ensure the long term future of the clock and help attract visitors back to this historic landmark.

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “The historic St Mary’s Church is the focal point of the Cowbit community and an important local Lincolnshire landmark. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s investment to restore its clock and belfry floor is a vital first step in reviving interest in the church and strengthening the sense of community within the village.

The official project launch will be held at Cowbit St Mary on Saturday the 11th April starting at 14:30. This will be an opportunity to meet and share memories of Cowbit and the church. The highlight of the afternoon will be a talk by Darlah and Steve Thomas on the famous manufacturer of the clock (J B Joyce of Whitchurch, Shropshire).