11 September 2017
It has been announced that Belton’s St Peter & St Paul Church has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £30,000. The grant will go towards the repair and restoration of the First World War Memorial Gates that stand outside this parish church near Grantham, and which were erected in 1920 and stand in memory of Belton’s 10 soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.
Made possible with money raised by National Lottery players, it is said that the project will restore the gates and supporting stonework to full working condition and conserve the Memorial plaque for the fallen soldiers. The restoration work, which will begin early in 2018, will be finished in time for a commemoration ceremony to mark the end of the First World War.
Michael Coney, Church Treasurer, has said: “The condition of the gates has been of concern to us for some time, however much of the fundraising efforts continue to focus on the church building, which is showing severe stone and mortar erosion. Consequently, the support of Heritage Lottery Fund at the approach of this historically important time is hugely appreciated.”
At the end of the First World War, Adelbert, 3rd Earl Brownlow of the Belton House Estate, designed and commissioned the Memorial Gates for the parish church. Much of the work in making and fitting the gates was completed by the then village blacksmith. Now, some 100 years on, people from the church, working together with Belton House (National Trust) and children from the village, hope to research the men who are commemorated so as to bring greater poignancy of their remembrance as a community. This will be recorded and shared for future generations.
Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, has said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaped every corner of the UK and beyond. Thanks to National Lottery players the Heritage Lottery Fund has already been able to invest more than £90 million in more than 1,700 projects – large and small – that are marking this global centenary. With this funding we are enabling even more communities, like those involved in the restoration of Belton’s Memorial Gates, to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help people to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”