Government grant to fund church roof repair

St Andrew's Church, in Isleham.

St Andrew's Church, in Isleham. - Credit: Archant

A church in Isleham has been awarded a grant worth thousands of pounds by the Chancellor for urgent repairs to its roof.

St Andrew’s is one of almost 502 places of worship set to receive grants in the first round of awards from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.

The church has been granted £28,500 and will go towards work on its roof, gutters and drains.

The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, said: “Our church buildings play vital roles in their communities. Not only are they places of heritage, but they are places of many, often hundreds, of years of Christian prayer and worship.

“We want to use our buildings to continue to help deepen the spiritual lives of worshippers and visitors and to serve our communities.”

The total package for the first round of the scheme announced by the Treasury is £30 million, which will go to a total of 502 listed places of worship, with Church of England parishes receiving just over £19 million.