Truro church to receive lottery money boost
A CHURCH in Truro has received a lottery grant to carry out "vital" building repairs.
The Anglican Church of St George the Martyr has received £64,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help with urgent issues affecting the structure of the building.
The church, which is presided over by parish priest Father Christopher Epps, can trace its history back to 1855.
It was discovered that work is needed to secure the church tower and interior roof and wall supports during a routine inspection last year.
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Church warden Stuart Vowles said: "The work to the tower is more cosmetic, such as repairing rotten floorboards. Vital work is needed to the interior roof and wall supports. If they fell down it would be disastrous. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will secure the church building for the foreseeable future.
"It also, in an indirect way, secures the future of the church hall. If the church fell down the people in the community and community groups, such as the Brownies, would lose the venue."
The Heritage Lottery Fund has given away £751,800 to listed places of worship of all denominations and faiths in the UK this year.
Nerys Watts, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: "There is a place of worship in almost every ward, village and town across the South West, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past.
"Not only will our awards secure the immediate future of these particular buildings, it will also empower congregations to adapt them, where necessary, so they can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community and in turn enable them be more sustainable for the future."
It will cost a total of £102,000 to carry out full repairs to the church building.
In order to secure the £64,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the St George the Martyr congregation will have to raise the remaining £38,000 by March 2014 and complete the repairs by March 2015.
A Lottery spokesman added: "By playing the National Lottery you help raise £35 million every week for good causes.
To see the difference this makes in your community visit the website www.lotterygood causes.org.uk"