Utterby Church awarded National Lottery support
St Andrew's Church, Utterby, has received a confirmed grant of £185,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Life and Times at Utterby St Andrew's Church project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to carry out urgent repairs to the church, to provide new lighting and to provide new heritage installations.
Repairs will be made to the masonry, the roof, the glazing, the drainage and to rainwater goods. The heritage installations include internal etched glass panels with iconography depicting the past, present and future of St Andrews Church. This feature will be unique in Lincolnshire. A second heritage feature will be the Parish Chest, where items of church and local history will be stored, digitally archived and then made available to visitors, who will be able to use an interactive screen to access items from the Parish Chest. Local people are to be involved in collecting information and material such as family histories and local photographs and the children of Utterby Primary Academy will be writing their own histories for inclusion in the chest.
Tim Wood, Churchwarden and project spokesperson said: "We're thrilled that we've received this support thanks to National Lottery players. Over the years many local people have worked tirelessly to improve the church and to keep it open for everyone. This grant means that we will finally be able to achieve urgently needed repairs to our beautiful and much loved church, as well as providing a better venue for people to learn about our local heritage. We expect repair work to begin in early 2018, when scaffolding will be erected."
St Andrew's Church was built by the Gilbertine monks of North Ormsby Priory about 700 years ago. The monks also built the nearby Packhorse Bridge. St Andrew's Church in Utterby is always open for people to visit, whether for quiet contemplation in the peaceful interior and churchyard, to explore family history, or to enjoy its historic and unusual features. Services are held on the fourth Sunday of each month.
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