Onwards and upwards: Local History centre and urgent roof repairs at All Saints’ church, Slingsby – National Lottery funding award
All Saints’ Slingsby is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a confirmed grant of £232, 700 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to carry out urgent repairs to the roof, following lead theft two years ago over the course of Summer 2019.
A new CCTV system has already been installed and the new roofing will be in terne-coated steel. A major benefit of the project for Lottery players is the creation of a new Local History exhibition space and resource centre in the aisles of the church. The exhibition will feature a permanent display about Slingsby Castle and provide temporary exhibition space for Slingsby Local History Group, Slingsby Community Primary School and other local groups. A series of activities in the churchyard is also planned in collaboration with the AONB, mapping flora and fauna, helping to enhance natural as well as local history knowledge in the community.
The first church at Slingsby is recorded in the Domesday Book, but the present building was rebuilt between 1867-1869 by the architect Robert James Johnson of Newcastle for Admiral Howard, of Castle Howard. It is hoped that the project will be completed in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the rebuilding in September 2019. Commenting on the award, “Onwards and Upwards” project officer, Dr Kate Giles said “Slingsby Church was rebuilt thanks to the efforts of the community 150 years ago and it’s great to think that thanks to the National Lottery, it will continue to serve the needs of the local community and our many visitors for generations to come.”
About The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.