23 January 2018
It has been announced that All Saints’ Church in Winterton, North Lincolnshire has received a grant increase of £247,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is in addition to the £748,100 grant awarded in 2013.
This grant is to complete the ‘All Saints: The Story It Tells of Winterton’ project, which aims to ensure that the medieval church can act as a centre for revealing the rich heritage story of Winterton by creating spaces for heritage display, interpretation and study, plus a large flexible space inside the church for community use.
The main capital works phase started in 2014 but unforeseen major repairs and significant extra costs brought the project to a halt in late 2015. To date, the project has conserved much of the exceptionally rich and diverse heritage that is to be found in All Saints’ Church, and the grant increase will fund major repairs to the walls and roof of the 11th-century tower, which has been described as one of the best examples of a ‘Lincolnshire Tower’ in North Lincolnshire. The work will also include repairs to the stone tracery of the gable window in the south transept so that the leaded window can be reinstalled, plus internal decoration.
It is said that the Grade I-listed building, which dominates the central townscape, will now be safeguarded for future generations, as will its extensive, and often unusual, artefacts and archives. In addition, the church is now able to host a much wider range of community events, such as concerts and opportunities for learning.
Robin Shawyer, Project Coordinator, who has led the team working on this project over the past nine years, has said: “This is wonderful news since we know that competition for Heritage Lottery Fund grants is very intense. I am delighted that the hard work of the team has been rewarded. The Heritage Lottery Fund has clearly recognised the value of the work we have already completed and the potential of our project. It is very good news for our community in Winterton since All Saints will now be safeguarded and able to continue to play a key role in our town.”
Further information on All Saints Church in Winterton may be found here.