18 May 2017
The parochial church council (PCC) of St Clement’s Church, Grainthorpe, has received a confirmed grant of £231,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the restoration of the church.
Located near Louth, St Clement's Church is well-known as the venue of the popular annual Grainthorpe Festival of Art exhibition, and the proposed works will include essential repairs to this 800-year-old Grade I-listed building and the provision of visitor facilities, such as a toilet and a kitchenette.
The PCC will be working in partnership with Heritage Lincolnshire to deliver several community projects to interpret the history of St Clement’s, including the production of a new church guide, the training of volunteers to act as visitor guides, and an exciting interactive website that will track the progress of restoration work and give information about church events. Educational materials will also be developed that will be based on the life of Mary Doe, a poetess buried in the churchyard, and the “Makers’ Marks” around the church. One exciting find has been 18th-century graffiti in the lead of the north aisle roof, images of feet, hands and ships – these will be displayed in the church once the restoration is complete.
Commenting on the award, Churchwarden Richard Drinkel said, “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given St Clement’s this support. It has been rewarding both financially and for our own personal satisfaction after three years of hard work, with the application for the funding and development of the plans. We are really looking forward to seeing the results of the restoration project.”
Members of the PCC of St Clement’s and Grainthorpe Heritage Group celebrating the success of the award of funding with Charlotte Mulliner, East Midlands HLF Officer.