A 700-year-old village church could receive much-needed Lottery funds to help complete its restoration.
St Vincent’s in Caythorpe has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to complete the restoration of the Grade 1 listed church, with HLF earmarking a £194,800 grant towards the work.
The restoration work will involve re-roofing the nave but also improving facilities, easier access and research and interpretation of its history. The initial support comprises development funding of £7,800 to help the Parochial Church Council prepare detailed plans to apply for the full grant at a later date.
The project aims to carry out essential work so that the church may be used more widely by the community. It will also help to research, in collaboration with the Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn, the history of the World War II battle Operation Market Garden and its Arnhem links to the Church and the village. The findings will be exhibited in the church and on a website.
Research will also be carried out on the names on the War Memorial and there will be new guides developed for both children and adults. St Vincent’s Church has been adopted by the 216 Parachute Signals Regiment as its mother church. In addition to regular services, it is the venue for concerts, art and photography exhibitions and other functions.
Sally Kelway, PCC member and Chair of the Appeal Committee, said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. The church has stood for over 700 years and it is wonderful to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for another century and that it will have modern facilities to allow greater use”.
Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “St Vincent’s Church is among one of Lincolnshire’s most historic buildings, with a fascinating story behind it. This money will pay for urgent repairs, whilst also helping to tell the story of this special place to visitors. As a result the building itself will be more used by the whole community, and cared for into the future.”