What we do Land and buildings Building Capacity in the Rural Parish Church Delivered by the Diocese of Lincoln and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Building Capacity in the Rural Parish Church in Lincolnshire Project will train volunteers in the art of writing grant applications for churches in the Spilsby, Market Rasen and Caistor areas. Successful bids will fund vital church building maintenance projects, including repairs to stonework, guttering and drainage, so that they can continue to be used, visited and enjoyed by all. The project was launched in November 2019. Caroline Wallis, Rural Churches Volunteers Project Officer, has said: “Rural parish churches need our support more than ever before. Constant weathering over the centuries has affected the fabric of the buildings and the persistent bad weather we have had recently has also taken its toll on rainwater goods. “The onus for carrying out these repairs would usually lie with the clergy and the church community but it is increasingly the case that those already involved rarely have the time, the confidence, or the skills to take on church buildings maintenance projects in addition to their existing responsibilities. “This is why we are encouraging members of the public with a love of history and heritage to get involved with this project, which will provide training in bid writing and other useful skills to support churches in some of the most beautiful areas of the county. Experience is not required, just passion and enthusiasm.” Forthcoming events Please note that, in view of the current situation regarding the coronavirus the talk that was due to be offered by Dr Matthew Godfrey (diocesan Historic Churches Support Officer) at St Mary's Church in Horncastle on Friday, 20th March 2020 has been cancelled. the two volunteer recruitment events that were due to be held in Caistor on Saturday, 28th March have also been cancelled. For further information, Caroline can be contacted by phone on 01522 50 40 38 or by email.