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Churches clinch a welcome boost

TWO ageing churches have received almost £200,000 between them to carry out urgent repair work.

TWO ageing churches have received almost £200,000 between them to carry out urgent repair work.

St Giles Church in Sheldon and St Edburgha’s in Yardley were awarded grants by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

They are among 23 churches in the region to share in a £1.5m windfall, announced last week.

Built in red sandstone, St Giles (pictured) dates back to the 14th century and has received £117,000 to repair its medieval tower.

Church leaders had been warned that they could be forced to close part of the building unless work was carried out on the masonry.

St Edburgha’s is the second oldest church in Birmingham and the centre of an ongoing restoration project - it will get £81,000.

Worshippers have been raising money to repair the crumbling spire, but their efforts have been hampered by lead thieves.

Tim Johnston, from English Heritage West Midlands, said: “Local places of worship are often the most iconic and historic buildings in a neighbourhood.

“Many congregations are therefore faced with crippling repair bills, or watching these much loved buildings fall into ruin.”

 

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