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All Saints Church Roof Repair project wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

All Saints Church, Newton on Ouse, has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the All Saints Roof and Fabric Repair project, it was announced this week. The project aims to restore this Grade II listed church so that it is once more able to fulfil its role as a hub of community life and a link between past and present. Development funding of £16,500 has also been awarded to help Newton on Ouse PCC progress their plans so a full grant application for £170,500 can be made at a later date. If the development stage proceeds on schedule and the second round application is successful work on the building could start in Summer 2016 and be completed by the end of that year. The project aims to carry out essential repairs to the 165yr old roofs, stonework and glazing as well as work to the 11th Century Tower. This will conserve the rich heritage of All Saints Church and, in combination with plans for a new website, information leaflets and displays, open up this wealth of history to an increasing range of audiences. We hope to hold open days so that the public can watch the heritage craftsmen in action and learn about the history of the church and those involved with it over the years. Research will delve further into connections with nearby National Trust property Beningbrough Hall – the seat of the Dawnay family who commissioned the 1839 and 1849 rebuilds of the church.  The tall white spire is a local landmark and was used as a navigation aid during World War II for planes returning to RAF Linton on Ouse. As the local church for the Dawnay family All Saints was designed to impress. Regarded as the most elaborate of architect GT Andrews’ church designs, All Saints has many wonderful architectural features as well as being a focal point for all major life events in the three villages making up the parish – Newton on Ouse, Linton on Ouse and Beningbrough. Michael Hughes (Lay Chair) for Newton on Ouse Parochial Church Council said:  “We are delighted to have been awarded this development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help move forward the project to restore the roofs of All Saints Church. For years buckets and bowls have been needed to cope with the various leaks and recently visitors have had to be careful of wet plaster crumbling and falling from the walls.  Thanks to this exciting opportunity from the Heritage Lottery Fund we are one step closer to preserving the important heritage within the church for our community and the wider public.” Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Fiona Spiers, Head of HLF Yorkshire and Humber, said; “There is a place of worship in almost every ward, village and town across the Yorkshire and Humber region, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past.  Not only will our awards secure the immediate future of these particular buildings, it will also empower congregations to adapt them, where necessary, so they can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community and in turn enable them be more sustainable for the future.” 


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