A SOLIHULL church has been awarded a total of £242,000 by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out urgent repairs.
St Laurence in Meriden, a Grade I listed building, had already been given £25,000 and yesterday it was announced a further £217,000 to support the second phase of building work had been offered.
Phase one was grant aided for the repair of the nave and aisle roofs, which has been successfully completed.
The latest grant will enable urgent repair work to the tower including high level stonework, much of which is in a dangerous state, and the tower roof.
It was part of £15.5 million of grants awarded to support work to 150 Grade I and II* listed places of worship across England.
Nationally, since 2002, £107.7 million of grants have been handed out, helping congregations to care for historic churches, chapels, synagogues and other places of worship.
Even so, the partnership scheme remains heavily oversubscribed, with twice as many applications each year as can be funded.
Four churches in Warwickshire also benefited from grants. They are St Nicholas, Austrey, St Mary the Virgin, Astley, Holy Cross, Moreton Morrell and St Leonard Charlecote.