All Saints’ Church, Orpington has been awarded a grant of £57,000 from a total of £13 million of Government investment, as a recipient of a Heritage Stimulus Grant announced by the Church of England.
The £13 million of capital investment for both Anglican and Roman Catholic buildings, is part of the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund. Nearly half of all England’s Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings are Anglican or Catholic churches, including All Saints’. An expert panel has allocated the funding to 68 Church of England churches and cathedrals and 29 Catholic churches and cathedrals, a total of 96 projects nationwide.
At All Saints’ the grant will enable water penetration round the windows, which has been getting worse over the last ten years, to be fixed with modern damp-proofing, and flaking plasterwork to be stabilised.
The funding is aimed at the heart of local communities, preserving architectural and cultural heritage for a new generation, while safeguarding highly skilled jobs in a volatile economy. Contractors bidding for the work must show commitment to training apprentices, and the project team will offer older schoolchildren the opportunity to learn how major capital projects are organised and managed. Younger schoolchildren will be able to view the works in progress and learn the importance of protecting our heritage.
The Rev’d George Rogers, Vicar of Orpington, said:
“This money is a welcome move from the Government and Historic England which will allow All Saints Church to continue to be the centre of the community in Orpington, as it has been for the last 1,000 years. We very much look forward to welcoming the community to enjoy all aspects of the rich cultural heritage found at All Saints.”
Enquiries to All Saints Church Office: email@example.com or 01689 832031