Work will start this autumn to complete the restoration of a 700-year-old village church, after Heritage Lottery funding was agreed.
Almost £190,000 has been awarded to St Vincent’s Church in Caythorpe for work on the the nave roof, porch, monuments and stained glass windows.
Some of the money will also be used to research and promote the fascinating history of the church, which is one of the county’s most historic buildings and is Grade I listed.
The latest award follows completion of restoration work early last year to the spire, tower and part of the roof.
The latest project will help to ensure the church can be used more widely by the community and will also help research its links with a dramatic episode in the Second World War.
The church was adopted by the 216 Parachute Regiment Signals Squadron as their mother church following Operation Market Garden, the daring but ultimately unsuccessful attempt by Allied troops to capture bridges in the German-occupied Netherlands. The squadron was billeted in the village prior to the drop and two stained glass windows in the church are dedicated to the regiment.
The research will be carried out in collaboration with Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn, and the findings exhibited in the church next year 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 children and adults. In addition a children’s trail, new church guide book, and war memorial booklet will also be developed.
Janet Avison, vice-chairman of the parochial church council, said: “We are thrilled the work can begin this autumn and the projects will throw new light on the history of the village and church. St Vincent’s Church is over 700 years old and it is wonderful to know that we are now able to preserve it for another century and that it will have modern facilities to allow greater use.”