Church repairs for Sherburn-in-Elmet

A Sherburn-in-Elmet Church has been awarded £45,600 in funding courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

All Saints’ Parish Church, in Sherburn-in-Elmet, will use the money to upgrade the Grade I listed building’s stone work as well as the tower spiral staircase.

Church warden Ken Stott said: “We were all really delighted and relieved because the stone work is in a bad condition.

“We had one architect who said that if it got much worse then we would have to close. We are so grateful that we now have enough money to do the work.”

Church members have also raised about £12,000 through various activities including coffee mornings, a flower festival and craft fairs. The work is expected to start next year.

The heritage lottery fund grant has also been granted to a number of other churches in the Yorkshire district including churches in Hawes, Todmorden and Leeds.

English Heritage planning conservation director Trevor Mitchell said: “By providing money for visitor facilities, exhibitions, books and tour guides, as well as essential repairs, the grants will help the public enjoy and appreciate these buildings.”