Roxwell Church Wins National Lottery Heritage Fund Funding Bid
The Roxwell PCC is delighted to announce that it has successfully submitted an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a grant of £250,000 for the restoration of Roxwell Parish Church.
The Grade 2 listed building, in a central village location and dating in part from the 14th century, has been on England’s Heritage at Risk Register for around 10 years, with medieval timberwork particularly vulnerable to water ingress .
Funding that has been made possible by lottery players, along with funds from other organizations such as the Friends of Essex Churches, the Benefact and Fullerton Trusts and local fundraising events means that work has begun on the restoration of three major roof faces and repair of other damaged areas.
By creating a village nucleus, we intend to involve more groups in church activities. Understanding and explaining heritage is a key part of our projects, allowing us to introduce a wider audience to the historical archives and cultural heritage of our village. We have identified young people and people with dementia as groups that will be active in this endeavour.
Reverend Tony Cant, the priest in charge, said: “This award is a milestone in helping us provide a strong future for our old but iconic village church and is invaluable in helping us create a unique community resource. We are so grateful to have been given the means to enable us to restore the church and help build our community.”
The Roxwell Church project has been a challenge for many years so to be able to restore this magnificent building which is loved by so many and will be made useful to so many more is such an achievement made possible by the lottery and other funding.