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National Churches Trust Grant 2020

Excellent news for the Fabric Fund Group of St. Lucia’s church in Upton Magna – it has been awarded a share of the £333,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant. The £10,000 funding will go towards the installation of a servery and toilet which will enable the church to enhance its role in the community by hosting activities for all ages as well as becoming a cultural centre for the village and beyond. This money is on top of the National Lottery funding and other grants which have allowed the church to receive major essential repairs over the last few years, restoring it to its former glory.

According to the Shropshire Star, the broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, who is Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: "The UK's historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. During the coronavirus pandemic, churches are doing so much to help vulnerable local people and boost morale. Many churches need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities to ensure their buildings can continue to be used well into the future. But the cost of this work is often far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves. So, I'm delighted that St. Lucia's church in Upton Magna is being helped with a £10,000 National Churches Grant. The work on the installation of a servery and toilet will help secure the future of this historic building and enable the church to do even more to support local people".