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Wangford Church benefits from cash boost

PUBLISHED: 14:32 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:22 06 July 2010

HERITAGE chiefs have today awarded £2.7m to historic places of worship in the east of England to help pay for urgent repair work.

It includes £87,000 to St Mary's Church in Ufford, near Woodbridge, £86,000 to St Peter and St Paul Church in Wangford, near Southwold, and £26,000 to St Margaret Church in Wattisfield, near Diss.

HERITAGE chiefs have today awarded £2.7m to historic places of worship in the east of England to help pay for urgent repair work.

It includes £87,000 to St Mary's Church in Ufford, near Woodbridge, £86,000 to St Peter and St Paul Church in Wangford, near Southwold, and £26,000 to St Margaret Church in Wattisfield, near Diss.

In Essex, £68,000 has been awarded to St George Church in Great Bromley, near Colchester, £66.000 to St Stephen Church, Great Wigborough, also near Colchester, £49,000 to All Saints Church in Messing, near Witham and £99,000 to St John the Baptist Church in Thaxted, near Braintree.

The money has been awarded by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help with repair work at Grade I and II* listed places of worship.

A total of £15.7m has been awarded across the country - £2.7m of which has gone to 26 places of worship in the east of England.

Greg Luton, regional director for English Heritage in the east of England said: “Places of worship grants are an important part of keeping the region's fantastic cultural heritage and identity in good shape.

“We look forward to supporting those places of worship in the region who have been awarded grants, many of whom are small and hard-pressed communities who maintain these treasurers through hard work.”

Robyn Llewellyn, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the east of England added: “The east of England is home to some of the country's most important and precious places of worship but sustaining them is always a big challenge. All these places are central to the local communities, and through these grants, the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage can provide the much-needed investment and support to ensure these wonderful buildings are safeguarded for the future.”

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