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A £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help fund repair of the Lady Chapel roof at the Grade I listed St Bartholomew the Great Church, Smithfield, making the church watertight and preserving its historic fabric.

A much loved London church is to share in a £280,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.

A £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help fund repair of the Lady Chapel roof at the Grade I listed St Bartholomew the Great Church, Smithfield, making the church watertight and preserving its historic fabric.

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, vice president of the National Churches Trust, said: “The UK’s historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. During the coronavirus pandemic churches are  doing so much to help vulnerable local people and boost morale”.

“Many churches need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities to ensure their buildings can continue to be used well into the future. But the cost of this work is often far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.”

“So I’m delighted that St Bartholomew the GreatcChurch, Smithfield, London is being helped with a £10,000 National Churches Trust Grant.

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“The work on the repair of the Lady Chapel roof will help secure the future of this really important and magnificent historic building. This church in the City of London is a really special part of our national history.”

A total of 31 churches and chapels in England and Wales will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK.

These grants are the first made in 2020. Last year the National Churches Trust distributed over £1.2 million to 176 churches and chapels around the UK.

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