Colsterworth Parochial Church Council (PCC) has received a National Lottery grant of £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new project titled the Colsterworth Church Isaac Newton Project. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will enable the PCC to appoint an architect to advise on the best ways of restoring the Newton Family Chapel and improving the building’s facilities.

St John the Baptist Church is a Grade I-listed building and is one of the oldest churches in Lincolnshire, dating back to Saxon times. Its association with the Newton family is important: Isaac was baptised there in 1642, his family worshipped there, and his parents are buried inside the church. Part of the font in which Newton was baptised is still in use today, and the church possesses a sundial carved by him with a penknife when he was nine years old. The Newtons’ connection with the church is not well known and so this project will begin work to raise awareness in local, national and international communities.

The project will also investigate the best options for providing new toilets, a servery, new seating, and improved heating and lighting. The aim of these plans is to provide a more flexible space and a more welcoming atmosphere both for regular church services and for use by the local community for a variety of events and activities. Once restored, the Newton Family Chapel could become a place for small services, worship and prayer.

The National Lottery-funded project will also explore options for a new Heritage Learning Centre, which would focus on science and faith in Newton’s life and work and encourage visits by school parties.

Speaking about the grant award, the Project Leader, Peter de Voil, has said: “We are delighted to have received this support from National Lottery players and hope that the project will lead to a building which will provide much needed facilities for members of the local community and a worthwhile educational experience for schoolchildren and visitors from home and abroad.”

Further information on the Colsterworth Group of Churches may be found here, and further information on the project is available here.

Information from our Church Buildings Team:

HLF consultation: HLF is keen to hear from people who care about the UK’s extraordinary heritage. HLF is carrying out a public consultation on its future direction and funding plans. Given that churches are a significant part of the nation’s heritage, please take part whether you have been through the HLF grant process or not, so that your views can be taken into account. The HLF is a key funder of church heritage projects. The consultation deadline is 22nd March 2018. A link to the consultation is here, but you may want to view the document as a PDF file first and then copy your response across (a PDF file may be downloaded here).


Repair, Rebuild, Rediscover Conference (21st April 2018): The Church Buildings Team is looking forward to welcoming those of you who have tickets for the above event to be held in the Robert Hardy Building at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. The event is now fully booked. If you are no longer able to attend, please contact Fran Bell, Church Development Officer, by email or on 01522 50 40 18 so that your place may be re-allocated to someone on the waiting list.