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Aug 19

Historic England have responded favourably to our plan for the reordering of the church. They welcome the proposal to establish a heritage learning centre and the restoration of the Newton Family Chapel, which ‘could deliver substantial heritage public benefits’ They also welcome the provision of toilet facilities at the base of the tower, a servery and a new commemorative stained-glass window. They have no objection to the removal of pews where space is needed for other activities, provided they are replaced with chairs of high quality.  

Dec 19

We are about to submit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding to finance the Development Phase of the Project. This phase will invite tenders for the restoration of the Newton family chapel and repairs to the church, together with the installation of new facilities and a heritage interpretation centre. If successful, the Delivery Stage will follow, starting in 2021.

We were delighted to hear from the Co-op that £,700.26 has been raised for the project from its Community Fund, and we thank all those shoppers who have contributed to this magnificent sum.

May 20

Earlier this year we were invited to apply for a further grant from the National Heritage Lottery Fund to finance the development phase of the Newton Project.  The project was considered favourably by NHLF at a meeting in March, but before awarding a grant, they have asked for more work to be done on the application, in particular to develop further the plans for the interpretation of this important heritage site.  The application should then be resubmitted later in the year. One of their experts has been appointed to support and advise us. However, further grants have been temporarily suspended as NHLF fund current projects in financial difficulty as a result of the devastating effects the coronavirus is having on the heritage sector.

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