Church is saved by lottery cash

PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:07 27 June 2012

Rev Ken Brown, Louise Beamish and Andrew Rainsford

Rev Ken Brown, Louise Beamish and Andrew Rainsford

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A CHURCH in danger of being closed has been saved after securing a six-figure lottery grant.

St Congar’s church in Badgworth was closed in June 2010 after being deemed structurally unsafe thanks to cracks in its tower.

Church leaders were told by architects the 600-year-old building would have to close its doors for good unless money could be raised to save it.

Now, Heritage Lottery Fund has handed the church £104,000 for repairs.

It means it is almost certain to meet its £150,000 fundraising targets.

Work is in the development stage, with building set to begin in April 2013 and finish a year later.

Churchwardens and residents turned out on Monday to celebrate the news of the funding.

Churchwarden Louise Beamish said: “We are absolutely delighted. It basically means the church will survive and carry on for generations to come.

“The village was up in arms when it thought it might close.”

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