Church scoops lottery windfall

St Cuthberts CHurch, Elsdon
St Cuthberts CHurch, Elsdon

A VILLAGE church has received a lottery windfall to carry out essential repair works.

St Cuthbert’s in Elsdon has been given £23,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund from the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme which is administered by English Heritage.

The church is Grade I listed. It was built in the 12th century with restoration works carried out in 1837 and 1877 by F R Wilson.

The majority of the decorated windows date from the 19th century but some of the building’s windows are from the 14th century.

Vital works to safeguard this important place of worship will include repairs to windows and masonry, along with lead repairs to the aedicule monument.

Ivor Crowther, head of HLF in the North East, said “Historic places of worship are an irreplaceable part of our heritage that continue to play a vital role within local communities today.

“In the last ten years, the Heritage Lottery Fund has invested £155million into these wonderful buildings and I am delighted we are able to continue supporting congregations across the North East to safeguard them for future generations.”

Carol Pyrah, English Heritage planning director for the North East, said: “We are delighted that these important buildings will benefit from HLF funding and English Heritage’s expert advice.

“We know that maintaining places of worship and developing them sensitively is a major challenge and we are glad to work with the inspiring volunteers who make repairs and enhancements happen.

“Such fine buildings are a great resource, as places of spiritual discovery, landmarks, event venues, places of solace and architectural treasures. These grants celebrate both what they are and can be, whilst supporting the people who care for them on behalf of us all.”