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Church wins major restoration grant

Date: 20 July 2011

A grant of £122,000 has been awarded to St Mary Magdalene, South Holmwood, for essential repairs to the roof of the Grade II listed building. The grant, awarded under a scheme run jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage, is a significant boost to wider plans to restore the church and make it more of a facility for the community.

Fundraising has begun in earnest by the church which hopes to raise an additional £90,000 to complete repairs including those to the aisle, nave, organ chamber and south porch.

Churchwarden Sally Pullen said: “We are very fortunate that English Heritage considers our church to be of such historic interest that we have been granted these monies.

“It is a significant step forward in making our church an even more important part of our community."

“The larger restoration programme will enable us to bring our church back to its former beauty and allow us to use it for many musical performances and other events over the coming years.”

Vicar the Reverend Barbara Steadman-Allen said: “Each generation has had its opportunity to improve our church building, and although it will be a challenge, we see it as our privilege to take our turn in handing on a structurally-sound building to future generations of villagers."

"We would love to hear from anyone who feels they can help us move the project forward.”

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