Lottery Fund awards grant for vital repairs

St Vincent's Church, Caythorpe. EMN-150824-144044001
St Vincent's Church, Caythorpe. EMN-150824-144044001

An historic parish church has received £189,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to undertake vital repair work.

The money has been awarded to St Vincent’s Church in Caythorpe, through the HLF’s Grants for Places of Worship programme which supports urgent repairs to the fabric of church buildings with a focus on projects costing less than £250,000.

The grant will enable a programme of urgent repairs works to the nave roof, porch, monuments and stained glass windows as well as improving access and facilities within the Grade I listed church so that it is fit for use by the whole community.

Janet Avison, vice chairman of the Parochial Church Council said: “This is a marvellous result and we are thrilled that the work can begin this Autumn and the projects will throw new light on the history of the village and church. St. Vincent’s Church is over 700 years old and it is wonderful to know that we are now able to preserve it for another century and that it will have modern facilities to allow greater use.”

The grant will also fund new historical projects. Sir William Robertson Academy Year 9 students at Welbourn will be researching the Second World War II Operation Market Garden (Battle of Arnhem) and its connections to Caythorpe village and St Vincent’s Church.

An exhibition of their findings will be displayed in the church in 2016.

In addition a children’s trail, new church guide book, Caythorpe War Memorial booklet and a web site are also being developed for visitors to the church and village and to understand its links with the 216 Parachute Signals Squadron that was billeted there during the war prior to the Battle of Arnhem.

The school’s deputy headteacher, Steve Grant, said: “We are thrilled to be involved in such an exciting project. Our pupils will be helping to tell the story of how the village of Caythorpe played a role in major world events during the second world war, researching, investigating and producing display work.

“This project will help bring History to life and provide opportunities for our pupils to learn more about our rich local heritage.”