Two local churches are among the first to benefit from a government fund to help churches meet the cost of urgent roof repairs.
All Saints Church at Tealby will receive £51,700 from the scheme and St Nicholas at Cabourne £52,100.
The news comes after the Chancellor of the Exchequer committed a further £40million to the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund in the 2015 Budget after the initial £15million to set up the fund in 2014.
“We are delighted to have got the grant,” said Tealby churchwarden Ren Reed.
“We really didn’t expect to get the full amount.”
The Chancel construction at All Saints was funded by the Tennyson family in the 19th century and the roof has been leaking water over the past eight months.
“Without the grant, we would have been faced with a lot of fundraising,” added Mr Reed. “Now, once we get all the information, we hope to get started as soon as possible and get the work finished in time for next winter.”
And it is a similar story over at Cabourne, where church warden Pauline Johnson described the news as ‘wonderful’.
“Our thanks go to Dr Matthew Godfrey, Historic Churches Support Officer, Diocese of Lincoln, for all his help with this successful grant application.”
The churches are among 12 across Lincolnshire sharing in a total of £608, 700 from the fund.
The initial scheme is now closed, but the fund, administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund, will reopen to new applicants later this year for the remaining £25 million..