The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales has granted us £273k to help fund urgent repairs to the roofs of the Bell Tower, North Cloister, St John’s Chapel, Confessionals and North Porch.  Problems include loose tiles, leaks and occasional squirrel infestations.

The money forms part of the Culture Recovery Fund from Historic England – a government initiative to support cultural institutions after Covid.

As with all such grants, the recipient has to raise a portion of the cost themselves.  In our case this was £68k.  We have been able to contribute £15k from our own funds but need to raise the additional £53k.  

Latest news (28/1/22) – we have raised £15k so far from our very generous individual supporters and have been granted £10k by the Lottery Community Fund.  This leaves £28k to complete the project.

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