Berwick St. John’s parish church has been awarded £34,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for essential repairs and restoration.

After months of fundraising and generous local support and the fund grant, an ambitious project to restore the roof and structure of the Grade II listed building with origins in the 15th century can go ahead.

Building work is due to start in September, to be completed by February, 2019.

The project is essential to preserve a building that has played an important role in the lives of residents past and present. The church is used for regular services, and is a vital community hub for educational, heritage, cultural and social events.

A variety of events is planned once the restoration project is complete, including a soundscape in sound, light, verse and music, of Christian life in Berwick St. John from the Middle Ages to the present day. A permanent exhibition in the church will show the history of the building and its place in village life from the 12th century to present day, using plans, drawings and other documentary material from the church research programme.

David Avrell, church warden and Parochial Church Councillor, said: “We are thrilled to have received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which builds on the hard work and generosity of residents and friends of our village. We look forward to using the project as an opportunity to enable people of all ages to learn more about their heritage.”

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