Heritage Lottery Fund Church project

All Saint’s Church in Slingsby | Photo by Steve Allen

Following the theft of lead from the roof of All Saints’ Church, probably during the last week of August 2016, a range of measures have been put in place to prevent any recurrence.

An application for funding was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). In November 2017 the HLF gave its initial support for a project called “Onwards and Upwards” aimed at carrying out urgent repairs following the lead theft. It also awarded development funding of £11,100 to help the church progress its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date. The project aims to replace the lead stolen from the roof with theft-proof materials and install a new CCTV security system.

The project will also create a new Local History Resource Centre and exhibition area in the church, opening up the church to new uses. An educational programme of lectures and workshops will offer training and opportunities to volunteers of all ages, so they can share their discoveries and help care for the building in the future.

In March 2018 we received permission to start the development phase of the project to replace the roof of All Saints with theft-proof materials and create a local history resource in the north aisle. In the next few months of 2018 we will be appointing a lead architect and commissioning reports on ecology (bats!), archaeology, drainage and glazing, to inform the next phase of our funding bid for Stage 2 and the delivery of the work. This involves further form-filling for Kate and the team, but also funding applications to major charities who we hope will be persuaded to support us.

A campaign for match funding, of £30,000-£40,000, is already underway. The first major fundraising event was a concert by the Terrington Choir on 3 December 2017. A Gourmet Evening comprising a 4-course French-themed dinner with musical entertainment took place in the Village Hall on Saturday, 24 March 2018.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Grants for Places of Worship (GPOW) applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding.

A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.

The Project Coordinator for Onwards and Upwards is Dr Kate Giles ([email protected]) 07973826032
Kate Giles